Standing knee-deep in the Little Tennessee River, Haley Williams wears a broad smile as she and her classmates fill a bucket with temporarily stunned fish. “We’ve been waiting for this all year,” says Williams, sporting hip waders and a camouflage T-shirt. Amid the verdant north Georgia mountains, she and about two dozen other Franklin High […]
“When we pass by people on the river they’re like, ‘Wow, I’ve never even seen anything like that,” says Will Evert, co-founder of French Broad Boatworks. He’s talking about a new line of high-end, wooden drift boats that he and his business partner, Jason Brownlee, have started handcrafting at their Asheville shop.
Passing a new budget resolution and agreeing to hire additional legal counsel were the two top items at Wednesday’s meeting of the board of the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County. The $40-million budget reflects a $16.7 million capital improvement investment and a 2.5 percent rate increase for domestic users.
Many people were shocked when a malfunctioning pump sent millions of gallons of raw sewage spilling into the French Broad River April 30. While the issue was repaired the same day, MSD Manager Tom Hartye tells Xpress it never should have happened in the first place, asserting contractor Gilbert Engineering failed to follow a contingency plan.
A malfunctioning pump at the Metropolitan Sewerage District plant sent millions of gallons of raw sewage into the French Broad River starting this morning. MSD crews hope to have the “horrible situation” repaired by early afternoon, said MSD Director of Engineering Stan Boyd, and shortly before 3 p.m. the leak was fixed. (Screenshot courtesy of a video uploaded by the nonprofit, French Broad Riverkeeper. The full video can be found in this post.)
The chance choice of a viewpoint leads to a rare — and memorable — encounter with our national bird. (Photos by Bill Rhodes)
The new day-long music/activities/vendors event, held the Asheville Outdoor Center, launches this Saturday, Oct. 13. Xpress will give away a family pack of passes. Pictured: headliners The Secret B-Sides.
I play in and around the French Broad River: rafting, tubing, hiking, gardening and partying. The French Broad is beautiful and brings people to enjoy our community. I am concerned that this important river is being contaminated slowly, daily and quietly by coal-ash ponds that leak poisons like arsenic, chromium and mercury into the groundwater. […]
For everyone following the battle over coal-ash regulation, the Democratic National Convention could not have chosen a better location. Right now, every politician staying in the Charlotte area is drinking the same water that 1.5 million local citizens drink. However, anyone arriving by helicopter might have lost their thirst! Right next to Mountain Island Lake […]
In today’s RiverLink-sponsored event, the Xpress flotilla fires the first water balloon at the judges.
As part of its weeklong Grand Opening Celebration, downtown Buddhist center Urban Dharma hosted the “Vast and Noble Heart Sand Mandala.” The ritual involves the extremely precise construction of Tibetan Buddhist iconography using colored sand. (Photo by Max Cooper)
Asheville police say they found the body of Anthony Sawyer in the French Broad River today off of Amboy Road. An autopsy is scheduled for later this week.
After several years of work, the entire French Broad River paddle trail and campsites are complete.
Where once piles of junked cars were stacked by the French Broad River, crews have been digging up concrete remnants and debris — the first step toward turning the old EDACO junkyard into the Karen Cragnolin Park. (photo courtesy of RiverLink)
Every day, the Municipal Sewerage District collects and treats — and discharges into the French Broad — an average of 18 million gallons of wastewater, relying on millions of microbes to do what they’ve been doing since the Earth was young: consume organic waste. And every year, the Clean Water Act requires the utility to provide an assessment of how well they’re doing. That report was submitted to DENR August 30; let’s take a look.
RiverLink and Americorps teamed up for a Sept. 9 cleanup of the French Broad River. The group hauled a plethora of trash and unusual items out of a stretch of the river near downtown Asheville, including huge tires, a rocking horse, a news bin and more.
I grew up here, attended preschool at both First Presbyterian downtown and Asbury United Methodist, [and visited] the north branch of the library when it was behind First Union Bank. I frequented Beanstreets and Reader’s Corner. I’ve watched this town and all the changes it’s been through. Businesses come and go, and some preschools might […]
On July 3, Asheville Police Department detectives found the body of Nolan Trent Baker, 55, a homeless man, in the French Broad River. Police are investigating the death, but so far have found no signs of foul play and preliminary autopsy results point to natural causes.
An estimated 374,000 gallons drain into the river from the Woodfin water treatment station.
“Water is a living thing; it is life itself. In it life began. And everything that lives in water requires oxygen. It is also a moving thing. A burden bearer, water can carry off great loads of humanity’s leavings—but … as the oxygen in water is used up by waste … the living creatures in […]
A welcome sound woke me at 2 a.m. one recent Saturday: Plunk … plunk … . I listened: It was faint and dull. It could be a raccoon fiddling with my trash-can lid (too faint for a bear, too loud for a mouse—we have both here). Plunk. Plunk. Pit. Pat pat pitter-pat. Rain hitting my […]