If you are a landowner in the watershed...

Contact us for technical assistance and help securing funding for projects on your land that will reduce your impact on the waterways. 828-206-6159, info@ivyriverpartners.org

Examples include:

  • Septic System Repairs We may be able to cover 75-100% of septic system repairs/installations to prevent leakages into the waterways. See more information under resources.
  • Livestock Wells and Fencing We can provide technical assistance and may be able to cover the majority of project costs for wells and stream exclusion for your livestock.
  • Streambank Buffer Improvements We can provide engineered plans and cover the majority of project costs to repair your streambank and prevent erosion.  Also see our Shade Your Stream program.
  • River Clean Ups We can organize volunteers to help clean a section of river or stream that runs through your property.
  • And more...

Some Current and Past Projects Include:

Septic Repairs and Installations

We have funded 5 septic repairs and installations since 2015, providing over $100,000 in project costs. Septic system repairs have included basic tank replacements and repaired lines as well as finding solutions to more complicated issues where septic field space is limited. These projects have consisted of a drip system and a pump system that pumps the waste uphill to a more suitable septic field. We find solutions and a way to fund them so people can do the right thing and stay in their homes. 

Town of Mars Hill, Stormwater Management Rain Gardens

Madison County, with grant writing and technical assistance from Mountain Valleys RC&D, constructed rain gardens at the TownHall in Mars Hill, NC. Rain gardens are gardens containing flowering plants and grasses (preferably native species of both) that can survive in soil soaked with water from rain storms. However they are not gardens that have standing water. Rain Gardens collect and slow stormwater run off and increase its infiltration into the soil.

These gardens help reduce the rapid flow of stormwater from homes and businesses to storm drains and thus protect streams and lakes from pollutants that are washed from house roofs and paved areas. These educational-demonstration projects increase public awareness of the importance of water quality.

Barnardsville Elementary School, Stream Daylighting and Stormwater Wetland

Daylighting is a stream repair process involving the removal of unnecessary culverts and the restoration of the stream bed and stream bank to a natural state.  This process restores connectivity between above and below stream habitats and the riparian corridor.

The swale was constructed to reroute rain water into a stormwater wetland. The wetland captures rainfall and slowly filters and releases it into the nearby water body. This reduces flooding, removes pollutants, and decreases erosion. In a natural state, streams create their own wetlands and floodplains to handle excess stormwater. Buildings and parking lots increase impervious surface and often disturb the natural process of wetland creation. Our goal is to help restore this natural process to developed lands. This project also provides an outdoor learning environment for students at the school and decreases flooding into the building during heavy storm events. Thanks to Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District for all their hard work in making this a reality.