UJ in West Asheville
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:
French Broad Brewing
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.
- “Community Speak Out” – North Carolina residents affected by pollution and impacts of industrial meat operations share their stories
- Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., President of Waterkeeper Alliance
- Reverend Curtis Gatewood, Campaign Coordinator of North Carolina NAACP
- Reverend Dr. Gerald Durley, Providence Missionary Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA
- Rev. Dr. Anthony (Tony) Hicks, North Carolina Environmental Justice Network
- Naeema Muhammad, Executive Director of North Carolina Environmental Justice Network
- Devon Hall, Director, Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help (REACH)
- Larry Baldwin, North Carolina CAFO Coordinator, Waterkeeper Alliance
- Dr. Steve Wing, Researcher and Associate Professor of Epidemiology, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
North Carolina Waterkeeper organizations are providing bus transportation to and from the rally. If you’re interested in riding with a group, CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR A SEAT ON THE BUS FROM ASHEVILLE.
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.
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 on maintenance issues at the sites, patrolling the river to monitor for problems, updating the paddle trail website and mobile app, working with the public on paddle trail reservation, and helping with paddle trail trips. The position will also include trip guiding including being a guide a on our 2015 five-day paddle trip on May 30‐ June 3 and July 12‐15, as well as weekend guided day trips. Visitor surveys will also be conducted.
- Good paddling skills
- Ability to work outdoors in all conditions
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Able to operate power tools and perform landscape maintenance
- Good social media skills preferred
- Ability to manage time effectively
- Ability to work on many projects at once and maintain attention to details
- Ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently
TRANSPORTATION: Will need reliable transportation to and from the Asheville office and throughout the French Broad watershed. Having a trailer hitch and the ability to drive a manual transmission vehicle are also a big plus!
HOW TO APPLY:
Send a cover letter and resume BY APRIL 20, 2015 to:
Hartwell Carson, French Broad Riverkeeper
29 N. Market St., Suite 610
Asheville, NC, 28801