Smith Mill Creek 9-element Watershed Plan is Complete


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:

  • Identify sources of water quality and flooding issues in the Smith Mill Creek Watershed
  • Prepare feasibility studies and conceptual plans to address water quality issues such as: sedimentation, bacteria, stormwater runoff, flooding
  • Engage stakeholders to discuss partnership opportunities on proposed projects

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.


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