Ivy Facts

  1. The watershed covers 161 square miles in North Carolina between Madison and Buncombe Counties and is a tributary to the French Broad River at mile 127.7
  2. Madison County: Water flows into the Little Ivy Creek from Paint Fork Creek, Middle Fork Creek, and California Creek. The Ivy River flows into the French Broad River south of Marshall.
  3. Buncombe County: Water from the Big Ivy Creek joins the Little Ivy Creek and becomes the Ivy River.
  4. The watershed is the source of drinking water for the Town of Weaverville. It is a back-up supply source for the Town of Mars Hill.
  5. The Big Ivy Creek originates in Pisgah National Forest.
  6. The Little Ivy Creek originates in one of the most agriculturally rich areas of Madison County.
  7. The Little Ivy was historically on the EPA's list of impaired/imacted streams until 2006 when it was removed due to improvement in benthic integrity. However, it has returned to that list in 2014 due to high fecal coliform counts.
  8. With the construction of future Interstate 26 and the widening of US HWY 19, sediment load and nutrient runoff increased in the watershed.
  9. The type of pollution found in the watershed includes fecal coliform, sedmintation, and high levels of nutrients. The sources of these pollutants are failing septic tanks, straight piping, agricultural practices, and construction.
  10. Over 2 million dollars have been spent in Madison County to reduce pollutants entering the Ivy and marked improvements in water quality have been made.

Improvements have been made over the last 2 decades.

Just ask anyone who has lived here a long time!