We need to raise $10,000 by the end of July to reach our goal of collecting more water quality samples more quickly, so you know when it’s safe to swim in the French Broad. Donate to MountainTrue today.
Wilma Dykeman described the French Broad as “too thick to drink and too thin to plow.” Thanks to the Clean Water Act and the actions of many committed North Carolinians, our river is significantly cleaner, and thousands of people enjoy floating down the river on any given weekend. Still, we have yet to meet the goals of the Clean Water Act to make the French Broad River fishable and swimmable at all times.
|On the hunt for sources of pollution, French Broad Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson pours excess water from a sample collected at a tributary of the French Broad River.
MountainTrue’s water team is tracking down sources of pollution one sample at a time with 30 water quality testing sites along the French Broad. Each sample costs around $8, meaning about $1,000 a week in supplies, and increased sampling means increased processing back at the lab. A single incubator costs $2,000. In order to keep up with samples coming in, we will need to purchase a new one in the next two weeks.
We do this to protect you and your friends and family from pollution sources like farm runoff and sewage leaks. We post the results to theswimguide.org and the Asheville Citizen-Times so the public knows when and where it’s safe to swim.
Will you help keep our waterways safe? We need your support so that the French Broad River can be healthy today and for generations to come. Help us reach our $10,000 goal by making a donation today.
As your French Broad Riverkeeper, I will continue to find and eliminate pollution sources, clean up trash, and advocate for better laws and enforcement. But that work is only possible with your support.
Thank you for supporting MountainTrue in our mission to protect the places we share.
French Broad Riverkeeper
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