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February 2020

Asheville Hearing on Duke Rate Hike Proposal Feb. 20

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Buncombe County Courthouse Courtroom 1A, 60 Court Plaza
Asheville, NC 28801
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On Thursday, Feb. 20, the North Carolina Utilities Commission will hold its Asheville hearing on the latest proposal by Duke Energy to increase electricity rates. Duke Energy Progress is requesting an average 14.3% increase in residential electric bills to pay for new fossil fuel investments, coal ash mismanagement, and capital investments at coal plants. The increase would mean approximately $17.29 more per month for residential Duke customers. Join MountainTrue members in Asheville on February 20 to tell the NC Utilities…

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Paddle-n-Plant Workday

February 21 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The French Broad Riverkeeper and MountainTrue are combating sediment erosion in our local waterways. Sediment is a major polluter in our river basin, clogging fish and aquatic habitats, increasing water temperatures, and transporting toxic substances. We are helping to reduce the amount of sediment that flows into our rivers by planting live-stakes along eroding riverbanks. These stakes will grow into trees that will stabilize the sides of the rivers and creeks where we plant them, and will reduce the overall amount of sediment getting into the river. So, come hop in a boat and help us reduce erosion along our local rivers!

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Coal Ash Closure Hearing and Afterparty

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Chase High School Cafeteria, 1603 Chase High Rd
Forest City, NC 28043
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The NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) has listened to thousands of North Carolinians and ordered Duke Energy to clean up its coal ash at the Cliffside Plant and six other sites across the state. February 25 is the last hearing on the Cliffside plant to tell NCDEQ that a full cleanup is the only acceptable solution for Duke’s coal ash. We need to turn out once again to thank DEQ and make sure they know they have the public’s…

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52 Weeks/52 Trees

February 27 @ 5:00 pm - March 15 @ 5:00 pm
The Gallery at Flat Rock, 2702-A Greenville Highway
Flat Rock, NC 28731 United States
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Saluda painter Dale L. McEntire Honors Trees by Rendering One Tree Per Week The Gallery at Flat Rock is excited to present an exhibition of paintings by artist Dale McEntire that are inspired by a love of the trees that surround us. What started as an homage to the beauty of trees gradually turned into a series of artworks, with each painting rendered in a particular style suited to the individual tree. This exhibition— titled 52 Weeks 52 Trees is…

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Watershed Gala

February 27 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Young Harris College, 228 Maple St.
Young Harris, GA 30582 United States
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The 12th Annual Watershed Gala and Holman Water Quality Stewardship Award presentation will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020 in the Charles Suber Banquet Hall at Young Harris College. We hope you will join us for a delightful evening of food, laughter, and fun…and to help honor this year’s Holman Water Quality Stewardship Award winner – Brenda Hull!

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March 2020

Public Budgets: How to Influence the City of Asheville’s Spending

March 4 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
YWCA, 185 South French Broad Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
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If you want our city government to address issues or make change, the budgeting process is where you should speak the loudest. Find out how you can participate in the city of Asheville's budgeting process through an interactive workshop. You will learn content of budgets, the timeline and processes for approval, and the best ways to advocate for change.

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Building Our City with Patrick Bowen

March 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
The Collider, Suite 401, 1 Haywood St.
Asheville, North Carolina 28801
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Patrick Bowen provides macro-level housing needs assessments across the country and will discuss Asheville's specific needs and challenges.

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Spring SMIE Training

March 7 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Blue Ridge Community College, 180 W Campus Dr
Flat Rock, NC 28731 United States
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Interested in becoming a citizen scientist? MountainTrue's SMIE (or Stream Monitoring Information Exchange) is a volunteer based water quality monitoring program. Stream teams head out twice a year to creeks throughout Henderson and Polk counties to collect and identify aquatic insects. Macroinvertebrates are strong indicators of water quality and help us track the health of our local waterways.

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HCO Paddle-n-Plant Workday

March 13 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Valle Crucis Community Park, 2892 Broadstone Road
Valle Crucis, NC 28604 United States
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The Watauga Riverkeeper and MountainTrue are combating sediment erosion in our local waterways. Sediment is a major polluter in our river basin, clogging fish and aquatic habitats, increasing water temperatures, and transporting toxic substances. We are helping to reduce the amount of sediment that flows into our rivers by planting live-stakes along eroding riverbanks. As these stakes grow into trees, they stabilize the sides of the rivers and creeks where we plant them and reduce the overall amount of sediment getting into the river. So, come hop in a boat and help us reduce erosion along our local rivers!

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Winter Bird Watch

March 14 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Hintor Rural Life Center, 2330 Hinton Center Rd
Hayesville, NC 28904
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MountainTrue's Western Regional Office will host its 14th annual Winter Bird Watch. Retired Young Harris College professor and former board member, Brenda Hull will share her bird expertise with us as we observe birds around Lake Chatuge. In past years, we've seen over 20 different species of birds, ranging from small songbirds to larger birds of prey and wintering waterfowl typically associated with more northern climes.

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