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American Rivers to explore removing Craggy Dam
For more than 100 years, the Craggy Dam has divided the French Broad River near the town of Woodfin. But now Washington, D.C.-based American Rivers wonders whether it’s time to remove the dam to benefit the area’s ecology and increase recreational opportunities.
Letter: What’s really causing river pollution
“MountainTrue believes the primary sources driving E. coli and water quality impairment are failing septics, animal agriculture and urban stormwater runoff.”
Letter: Cartoon misses mark on river pollution
“The [July 27] Molton cartoon is a very unfortunate representation of what is involved in the water quality issues in the French Broad River.”
Buncombe gets second $1.75M grant to reduce jail population
At the Tuesday, Feb. 16, meeting of the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, members will vote to accept an additional $1.75 million grant for the Safety and Justice Challenge from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Fire torches warehouse at MSD Woodfin facility
The cause of the Nov. 10 fire remained unknown as of press time. According to a Facebook post by the West Buncombe Volunteer Fire Department, all of the county’s fire departments and personnel from neighboring counties were called to the scene.
Green in review: Green Scene editor Daniel Walton reflects on 2019
Whether going with the flow at the Metropolitan Sewerage District or climbing a Fairview mountain in search of herbicide helicopters, Daniel Walton had quite the eventful year. The Xpress Green Scene editor shares his pick of moments and stories from 2019.
Letter: Steps toward 100 percent renewable energy
“What could be better than using waste to generate the energy we need and saving money in the process?”
Bridge over troubled water: Asheville hears from McGrady
State Rep. Chuck McGrady asked Asheville City Council for its cooperation in helping the region’s water and sewer systems work together. But the air was fraught with vestiges of battles between McGrady and Asheville in recent years over the issue.
City Council to weigh in on gun violence
At its Feb. 27 meeting, Asheville City Council could call for a national assault weapons ban and hear from Rep. Chuck McGrady about his latest plan to regionalize water and sewer systems.
MSD receives notice of violation for April 30 French Broad spill
A notice of violation has been issued to the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County by the N.C. Division of Water Quality, pertaining to the April 30 spill of raw sewerage into the French Broad River. The overflow of almost 6 million gallons was the result of a pump accident during a construction operation at the plant, resulting in the shutdown of its main pumps.
MSD investigating contractor after French Broad sewage spill
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.
Asheville’s going to court: Council votes to sue state over water bill
At a special meeting tonight, May 7, Asheville City Council members voted unanimously to sue the state of North Carolina over a bill forcibly transferring the city’s water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District. City Attorney Bob Oast cited “legal, constitutional, and practical issues” with the mandate.
What happens to Asheville’s water system on May 15?
As a forcible transfer of Asheville’s water system to the Metropolitan Sewerage District clears its last legislative hurdles in Raleigh, city staff say relinquishing the system by May 15, as the bill requires, is an administrative impossibility. So what happens to the city’s water system in two weeks? “That’s a good question,” Water Resources Director Steve Shoaf says.
‘A horrible situation’: millions of gallons of raw sewage spill into French Broad ***UPDATED***
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.)
McGrady, Moffitt, Ramsey file bill to move control of Asheville’s water system to MSD
State representatives Chuck McGrady, Tim Moffitt, and Nathan Ramsey have filed a bill to take control of Asheville’s water system and transfer it to the Metropolitan Sewerage District.
Who is MSD?
With the battle over the fate of Asheville’s water system, the Metropolitan Sewerage District is increasingly in the news, with accompanying questions about who the agency is and what they do.
MSD makes $57 million offer for Asheville water system, despite concerns
At its Dec. 12 meeting, the Metropolitan Sewerage District board voted to offer $57 million over 50 years for the city of Asheville’s water system. Several members expressed doubts about the fairness of the process, but stopped short of a motion formally noting their reservations.
LIVE: Coverage of the MSD board meeting
Now that the city of Asheville and the Metropolitan Sewerage District have both released their reports on a possible merger of the water system, the MSD board will consider proposals for taking the city’s system under its control at its meeting this afternoon. Follow live Twitter coverage of the discussion.
City releases water merger report, finds local agreement best option
The city of Asheville has released a report by the Raftellis consulting firm on a possible merger with the Metropolitan Sewerage District. The report claims that an “inter-local agreement” between the two would have the greatest benefit while avoiding the cost of a merger. MSD taking over the city system will, according to the report, cost the city around $3.75 million a year.
Impact study of potential water/MSD merger set for release
Release of a draft economic-impact study of the potential merger of the Asheville water system with the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County is expected next week.