Givens Estates is a non-profit Methodist retirement community on Sweeten Creek Rd. in South Asheville with a strong ethic of environmental stewardship. Their campus contains steep slopes and two tributaries of Dingle Creek, a priority watershed for the City of Asheville due to poor water quality caused by stormwater runoff from rapid urbanization. Clean Water Management Trust Fund has awarded RiverLink funding to install stormwater control measures on Givens Estates to mitigate runoff from impervious surfaces on campus.
The innovative nature of the Givens Estates Stormwater Project is the research component led by Robinson Design Engineers and Western Carolina University. Limited research has been conducted on stormwater control measures amongst the steep slopes of Western North Carolina. Robinson Design Engineers will begin by collect pre-construction data within the two streams on campus. They will then design the stormwater control measures based on these findings along with input from other regional engineers. Once installed, post-construction data will be collected and analyzed through Western Carolina University to help determine the effectiveness of the stormwater control measures.
Outreach and education are always an important component of RiverLink’s efforts to improve water quality. For this project, RiverLink will be conducting outreach events within the Dingle Creek Watershed to educate residents about the impacts of stormwater runoff. Our volunteer work days will focus on improving the riparian habitat along the two streams on Givens Estates Campus. Educational signage will be installed and site tours are given once the project is complete.
In addition to improving water quality and habitat within the Dingle Creek Watershed, the research findings of this project will advance our knowledge on stormwater management in Western North Carolina where steep slopes are common.