Posted by: Wansoo | September 5, 2008

IMRivers in Mountain Xpress

Here is an article that was recently posted on the Mountain Xpress new website about the IMRivers site for the French Broad Riverkeeper of Ashville, NC
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To visit the article below on the Mountain Xpress website click here

Visit the French Broad Riverkeepers IMRivers site at the following link: www.imrivers.com/hartwell

The Green Scene
Pollution-tracking Web site maps failing erosion measures
by Rebecca Bowe in Vol. 15 / Iss. 06 on 09/03/2008

Asheville hasn’t seen a lot of gully-washers this summer, but the heavy rains that pummeled the mountains Aug. 25 and 26 pumped new life into a long-running controversy concerning erosion-control problems at development sites on steep slopes.

Mapped out: RiverLink’s new Web page charts hot spots for polluted storm-water runoff.In an Aug. 26 e-mail to Xpress, Haw Creek resident Chris Pelly unleashed a torrent of complaints about the developers of Falcon Ridge, a subdivision on Cisco Mountain that is under construction. Enclosing photos of muddy runoff that flooded nearby roadways, Pelly charged that the failure to retain soil during the grading had created a massive erosion problem once the rains hit. “What’s it going to take to make the system work for the folks living below this project?” Pelly wrote.

But George Ryan, manager of Falcon Ridge at Haw Creek, told Xpress that his company had corrected the problem. “Due to Tropical Storm Fay, over four-and-a-half inches of rain fell Tuesday at the Falcon Ridge site,” Ryan wrote in an e-mail to surrounding neighbors the day after the storm. “Crews worked until late evening and again Wednesday morning to maintain the site and to make sure any erosion was cleaned up. City inspectors made a site inspection on Tuesday and stated that the site was in compliance.”

RiverLink, an Asheville-based nonprofit, has been working to address the issue of erosion control and its inevitable consequence—clouded waterways—through a program called the Muddy Water Watch. A three-week course teaches volunteers how to spot erosion-control violations and alert state agencies, in hopes of prompting enforcement. A recently launched Web site, IM Rivers (http://www.imrivers.com/hartwell), documents their findings to date. “This site allows the public to see the severity and widespread problem that is caused by failing erosion-control measures,” explains French Broad Riverkeeper Hartwell Carson of RiverLink.

French Broad Riverkeeper map site

French Broad Riverkeeper map site

The Web site spotlights sediment problems at 15 sites; an interactive map provides links to photos and information about each location. The online tool also charts scenic destinations and access points along the French Broad. RiverLink is gearing up for the next Muddy Water Watch training, with the first session scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 9.
To learn more, e-mail riverkeeper@riverlink.org, or call 252-8474, ext. 114.

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