Monitoring results, summer fun, and awards...
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Mission: Engaging the community in voluntary efforts to restore and preserve the Ivy River Watershed in Madison and Buncombe

Monitoring Results are in for the Ivy

For the past three years, EQI and Mars Hill University have been analyzing water quality samples in the Ivy for Ivy River Partners. Ann Marie Traylor of EQI has compiled the data and is working on a report for the Ivy River Watershed. Results indicate a continued need for attention to water quality improvements. Click on the map below to enlarge and see the overall rating for the sites tested. The Big Ivy headwaters originate in Pisgah National Forest, making them some of the cleanest streams in the region. The other areas in the watershed are dominated by housing developments and agriculture, highlighting the need for conservation practices to coincide with development in order to ensure higher quality waterways.
New Septic System in the Ivy

Ivy River Partners funded a septic system for a twelve room boarding school on the Big Ivy through a grant from the Pigeon River Fund of the Western North Carolina Community Foundation and the NC 319 Grant Program. Faced with an outdated septic system, the school was relying on portable restrooms and a nearby church while searching for a new location for their operation. The system has allowed the school to stay in their beloved location next to the river without impacting water quality.

FUNDS still remain for septic repairs, new septic systems and agricultural BMPs in the watershed.

Camp Eco Water Quality Day!

Camp Eco is a free summer camp for Madison Middle and High School students, funded and organized by Madison Soil & Water through a grant program. Over a two week period, students explore conservation activities around Western North Carolina.

Ivy River Partners put on a water quality day for the students beginning with a tour of the Asheville Sewage Treatment Plant, followed by a river cleanup at the Forks of Ivy, and ending with macroinvertebrate sampling with Preston from EQI at Beech Glen Community Center. Students learned about career opportunities in the diverse field of water quality while getting their hands (and feet) wet during the day's activities. The experience was centered around exploring human use and consumption and the importance of conserving water quality.
Come Get Dirty with Us!

Up-to-Date Litter Count:
  • 94 bags of trash, 7 truckloads of household waste, furniture and metal, and over 90 tires removed from various locations with school volunteers and Adopt-a-Stream

We don't like to toot our own horn, but...

It is nice to know that other people think we are doing the right thing. In the past year, Ivy River Partners has received outstanding project awards from state and regional RC&D Associations, all the way to Project of the Year from the National Association of RC&D Councils. We also received an award of excellence for North Carolina Source Water Protection.

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Contact Information

Mountain Valleys RC&D
Ivy River Partners
4388 US Hwy 25/70, Ste 3
Marshall, NC 28753
828-649-3313 x4

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