7/24: Save the French Broad Concert — Matisyahu at the Orange Peel

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5/22-5/30: Join us for Beer Week (and for clean water!) at Universal Joint

Join MountainTrue and American Whitewater at the Universal Joint (748 Haywood Road) for Beer Week — and clean water! — from May 22-30 when 100 percent of the daily beer special sales will be split between MountainTrue and American Whitewater.   Drink a beer and support clean water and recreation in French Broad River. Come any day of beer week, but Thursday will feature special giveaways, including a waterproof French Broad River Paddle Trail map, and MountainTrue swag. Participating Breweries are: Wicked Weed Foothills New Belgium Asheville Brewing Pisgah Oskar Blues Lagunitas Hi-Wire Lonerider Catawba Sierra Nevada Sweetwater French Broad Brewing Noble Cider...

BREAKING: Asheville coal plant retirement signals end to coal ash pollution

ABOUT History & Impact Board of Directors Staff Regional Offices Annual Reports Internships & Jobs PROGRAMS Healthy Communities Smart Growth Coalition Team Terra Resilient Forests Invasive Species Forest Task Force Clean Waters French Broad Riverkeeper Muddy Water Watch Bacteria Monitoring Point Source Monitoring Pharmaceutical Waste Hazardous Waste Coal Ash French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ Campsites French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ Reservations Trip Suggestions FAQ Links Rules Clean Water Team Green Energy Asheville Beyond Coal Recycling & Solid Waste Team WNC Climate Listening Project Creation Care Alliance of WNC NEWS MountainTrue Raleigh Report Sign Up for MountainTrue Newsletter TAKE ACTION Become a Member Donate Corporate Sponsorships Volunteer Events French Broad Float Asheville Green Drinks Join Our Friends Transition Asheville Asheville on Bikes Shop DONATE Giving Options Corporate Sponsorships BREAKING: Asheville coal plant retirement signals end to coal ash pollution   Continued Reliance on Fossil Fuels Troubling to the Region Asheville, NC – In an announcement today, Duke Energy revealed a proposal to retire the Asheville Plant, a 414 MW nameplate capacity (376 MW operating capacity) coal-fired power plant located near Asheville, North Carolina. The announcement includes plans to replace coal-fired power at the plant with new, larger gas fired generation options. Additionally, Duke has committed to building a solar farm on the site of coal ash ponds near the plant. Today’s announcement marks the 190th coal plant announced for retirement since the beginning of the Beyond Coal campaign. In Response to Today’s Announcement MountainTrue, Sierra Club, Southern Environmental Law Center and Waterkeeper Alliance issued the following joint statement: “For the last three years the Asheville Beyond Coal Campaign...

MSNBC: Duke Energy admits guilt in coal ash case

ABOUT History & Impact Board of Directors Staff Regional Offices Annual Reports Internships & Jobs PROGRAMS Healthy Communities Smart Growth Coalition Team Terra Resilient Forests Invasive Species Forest Task Force Clean Waters French Broad Riverkeeper Muddy Water Watch Bacteria Monitoring Point Source Monitoring Pharmaceutical Waste Hazardous Waste Coal Ash French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ Campsites French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ Reservations Trip Suggestions FAQ Links Rules Clean Water Team Green Energy Asheville Beyond Coal Recycling & Solid Waste Team WNC Climate Listening Project Creation Care Alliance of WNC NEWS MountainTrue Raleigh Report Sign Up for MountainTrue Newsletter TAKE ACTION Become a Member Donate Corporate Sponsorships Volunteer Events French Broad Float Asheville Green Drinks Join Our Friends Transition Asheville Asheville on Bikes Shop DONATE Giving Options Corporate Sponsorships MSNBC: Duke Energy admits guilt in coal ash case Rachel Maddow reports on the guilty plea by Duke Energy to nine criminal violations of the federal Clean Water Act, vindicating Riverkeeper activists who caught the North Carolina company in the act of illegal...

5/13: Rally for Racial & Environmental Justice

Join us from 11 a.m – 1 p.m. May 13 on Halifax Mall in Raleigh to call for the state of North Carolina to take urgent action to help communities living with pollution and impacts from industrial swine and poultry production. Most North Carolina residents, except those living in “hog country” and near poultry operations, are unaware of how much environmental damage and human pain and suffering industrial meat production inflicts on people and their environment. For too long, industrial meat operations in North Carolina and across the country have been disproportionately located in communities of color where residents are forced to endure the smell, water quality impacts and the embarrassment associated with the facilities operating near their homes. Meanwhile, State officials have turned a blind eye to the impacts on local communities while catering to the interests of multinational corporations that dictate industry practices. This past September, Waterkeeper Alliance, North Carolina Environmental Justice Network and Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help, represented by Earthjustice and the University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights, filed a complaint with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Civil Rights alleging that lax regulation of hog waste disposal by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) discriminates against minority communities in eastern North Carolina. And in February, the U.S. EPA determined that an investigation is warranted. Esteemed leaders of the environmental and civil rights movements will gather in downtown Raleigh to urge the State of North Carolina to take much-needed action to set things right and call on citizens to demand clean water and healthy air for ALL communities....

Apply to be our French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ intern this spring and summer

The French Broad Riverkeeper was founded in 2001, and serves as the primary protector and defender of the French Broad River watershed in Western North Carolina. The Riverkeeper works for healthy and safe waterways in the French Broad River watershed by partnering with citizens and communities to identify pollution sources, enforce environmental laws, advocate for stronger environmental laws, engage in restoration, build recreation options, and educate and empower the public. The French Broad Riverkeeper is a program of MountainTrue, a conservation non-profit that champions clean water, resilient forests and healthy communities.  The French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ is a series of campsites and access points that now connects more than 140 miles of French Broad River. MountainTrue (formerly WNCA) built six new campsites and opened the paddle trail in the summer of 2012. These campsites are all located on private land maintained by MountainTrue and our partners. The French Broad River Paddle Trail℠ is proudly sponsored by Oskar Blues Brewery. Learn more at www.frenchbroadpaddle.com. INTERNSHIP DETAILS LOCATION: Asheville downtown office, with travel throughout the French Broad River Watershed  DURATION: 16 weeks, mid May-mid September. Flexible schedule and hours working 1-4 days a week with some weekend work required. (Specific work hours will be laid out at the beginning of the internship.) COMPENSATION: $2,500 stipend with academic credit possible TRANSPORTATION: Will need reliable transportation to and from the Asheville Office and throughout the French Broad River Watershed. RESPONSIBILITIES: The French Broad River Paddle Trail intern will work with the French Broad Riverkeeper to maintain and patrol all aspects of the French Broad River Paddle Trail. This will include visiting each site on a regular basis, checking and working...