The funding represents the final amount needed for the $30 million project, which has been under development since 2011. The money will go toward constructing 5 miles of greenway along the French Broad River and Beaverdam Creek, as well as park facilities and a wave feature for whitewater enthusiasts.
Nothing sparks an online debate among Asheville-based social media groups faster than a question concerning the cleanliness of the French Broad River.
“I myself have contracted blastocystis repeatedly and believe it may have been from this water.”
In fiscal year 2019-20, the most recent year for which data is available, the city emitted the equivalent of roughly 18,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide. Its target for the year was approximately 15,600 metric tons of CO2, about 15% less than the actual figure.
A $25,670 grant from The Community Foundation of WNC is helping MountainTrue continue testing begun last year; eventually, the group wants to be able to give rivergoers up-to-the-minute information about E. coli levels.
Conserving Carolina kicks off its 2021 Habitat at Home photo contest, the Coalition for a Bird-Friendly Asheville is advocating for bird-safe window treatments and Asheville welcomes Tracy Swartout as the Blue Ridge Parkway’s new superintendent. This and more in the latest Green roundup.
“We trade an isolated E. coli spike into a polluted, imperiled stream for the destruction of a watershed.”
In this week’s health-and-wellness review, the state legislature hears information about how the state’s Medicaid program could fall short this year, the number of E. coli cases linked to the state fair drops and more.
Buncombe County’s Health Department and national media outlets have reported a recall on Romaine lettuce, distributed by Freshway Foods of Ohio. North Carolina is one of 23 states included in the recall, announced after the potentially deadly bacteria E. coli was found in a sample.