Since April 2014:

Landowner Assistance, Water Quality Improvements:

  • 8 septic repairs and innovations completed to prevent overflow into waterways, >$100,000 in project costs

  • >15 cost share contracts for BMP installations to reduce nutrient and fecal loads

  • 7 stream repairs/restorations with landowners to reduce erosion and stabilize river banks with native plants

  • 1 stormwater wetland to filter runoff at Barnardsville Elementary and a culvert removal to restore passageway

Addressing Litter:

  • > 1030 TVs/Electronics recycled for Madison County Landfill

  • > 26,000 lbs of trash cleaned up from dumping sites in and along the waterways

    • >180 tires removed

Education & Outreach:

  • 200 8th Graders per year participate in Kids in the Creek at Madison Middle School, 3 years

  • 30 participants per year at Shade Your Stream Workshop, 2 years

  • ~1800 students for other water quality education programs, including Conservation Field Days

  • 6 DOT road signs installed for water supply area spill response


  • Source Water Protection Plan for the Ivy River Watershed completed in 2014

  • Cooperative Agreement with the Towns of Weaverville and Mars Hill and Buncombe and Madison County Soil & Water Conservation District and Memorandum of Understanding with U.S. Forest Service

  • $844,140 in grant funding raised to improve water quality!



Project of the Year, National Association of RC&D Councils, 2016

Award of Excellence, North Carolina Source Water Protection, 2016

Outstanding Project, North Carolina RC&D Association, 2015

Outstanding Project,Southeastern RC&D Association, 2015

(last updated 1/2019)