In 2001, Smith Mill Creek was termed the most polluted creek in Buncombe County, NC based on chemical and macroinvertebrate water quality monitoring conducted by the Volunteer Water Information Network (VWIN) Program.
RiverLink is taking a watershed-wide approach to improving the water quality in Smith Mill Creek (watershed map). In partnership with Wildlands Engineering and funding from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and Pigeon River Fund, RiverLink has completed a 9-element Watershed Plan for the Smith Mill Creek Watershed and made it publicly available in the form of a web app. Click here to view the interactive web app.
As a result of the 9-element Watershed Plan, we were able to:
This project was developed in partnership with the City of Asheville Stormwater Services Department and NC Department of Transportation. In the future, we will continue to work to implement the proposed projects with funding support from NCDOT, the City of Asheville, and other grant sources.
Scientific Name: Alternanthera philoxeroides A native of South America, alligatorweed was inadvertently introduced to Southeastern U.S. in the late 1800s. Its white flowers are clover-like and bloom a summer. Most commonly found floating in mats along the water’s edge, alligatorweed also grows immersed and even terrestrially. Its opposing leaves are lance shaped, 1-2 inches long, […]
Do you know where the water that flows into a storm drain goes? This water does not go to a treatment plant but flows directly into our streams, lakes, and rivers. Many people poor oil, paint, yard waste, and other pollutants into the storm drain because they think the water will be treated before […]
RiverLink and MountainTrue have developed informational kiosks for each river access point along the French Broad River Paddle Trail with a grant from the North Carolina Recreational Trails Program. Each kiosk focuses on historical and natural features of the river, as well as paddle trail information including maps and boater resources. These kiosks aid users and […]