Have your say in what happens to our forests, water and communities. With MountainTrue, you can join forces with citizens from across the region and your community to:
- Influence public policy to better address development pressures.
- Safeguard the treasures of our public forests, including an array of wildlife, old growth stands, and rare ecosystems.
- Preserve working farms and traditional mountain communities.
- Halt the proliferation of exotic invasive plant species that threaten native ecosystems.
- Expand our ability to rigorously monitor and protect water quality.
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In a surprise vote on October 5, the Asheville City School Board decided not to move forward with nine solar panel installations at City Schools, stating that they are “too busy” for the projects. This happened even though Buncombe County would pay for the solar panels and manage the installations. Will you ask the school board to reverse their decision here?
Millions of people across North Carolina take to our beaches, rivers and lakes to cool off, swim, paddle, and fish, but most are unaware that nearly 16 million gallons of untreated sewage spilled into our waterways during a two and a half month period this summer. North Carolina desperately needs to update its public spill notification system. Act now.
Call on Asheville City Council to do its part to clean up the French Broad River, starting with the establishment of a Stormwater Task Force to address the City’s water pollution problems. Not only does the City have a legal obligation to protect water quality, Council’s commitment to racial equity demands action to protect residents of the Southside neighborhood from the highest pollution levels in the city.
On July 21, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners will vote on whether or not to install solar panels at 40 sites of county-owned buildings, Asheville City and Buncombe County public schools and AB-Tech Community College. Will you take action here to call on Buncombe County Commissioners to vote YES on Tuesday?
Solar net metering allows solar energy owners to sell excess solar energy produced by their systems back to the grid, making solar much more affordable and accessible than it would be otherwise. But a shady group called the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) has filed a petition for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to take over regulation of rooftop solar systems from states – a move that would end net metering as we know it, and cut off an important source of financial savings for solar energy owners in the midst of an economic crisis. Take action to protect solar energy rights by June 15 here.
The big takeaway from the Neighborhood Compatibility Meeting was that there is absolutely no way that this project is appropriate for the location and that the rezoning request should be denied. Thank you to the 115 community members that tuned in, to the over 160 community members that submitted questions in advance, and to more than 50 people that asked questions live during the meeting, none of which we believe were sufficiently answered by the developer.
Our country is in the midst of two historic crises, the COVID-19 pandemic and a watershed moment in the fight against racist policing and the murder of George Floyd and other people of color. Instead of trying to bring people together, President Trump is exploiting a disease that has already killed more than 100,000 Americans and a moment of national grief to pursue his radical pro-pollution environmental agenda. Take action now and stand up to Donald Trump’s abuse of power.
MountainTrue’s Clean Water Team works hard to monitor and improve the quality of water in the region, but the so-called “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” would create a huge challenge for our daily work. Will you call on your Representatives to say no to this rule?