Hartwell Carson, French Broad Riverkeeper

hartwell300Hartwell has worked to protect the French Broad River for the past 11 years. He was the first responder to Asheville’s coal ash pollution, working to protect the French Broad River and the nearby community by forcing Duke Energy to clean up and close down Asheville’s coal-burning power plant. Hartwell also implemented his idea for the French Broad River Paddle Trail by building new campsites and access points, which now link over 140 miles of the French Broad River.
In his time as the French Broad Riverkeeper, Hartwell has also published a paddle trail map, book, app, and online guide, trained hundreds of volunteers to monitor and report sediment pollution, created the Swim Guide to spread awareness of and clean up bacteria pollution, repaired over 10 miles of failing dirt roads along trout streams, initiated the cleanup of several polluting dairy farms, implemented over two miles of stream restoration projects, and ensured regulations are adequate and enforced to meet the Clean Water Act’s goal of making all waters fishable and swimmable.
Hartwell completed his undergraduate education at the University of Georgia, studying Recreation and Resource Management. While a student there, he worked for the Outdoor Recreation Center as an environmental educator and guide. After working for the Forest Service in Colorado, Hartwell earned his Master’s of Science from the University of Montana, where he conducted extensive work examining the social and ecological impacts on the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. Hartwell currently serves on the Waterkeeper Alliance council and the board of Waterkeepers Carolina.

phone 828.258.8737 x 211
envelope hartwell@mountaintrue.org


We value mountain communities that are vibrant, livable, and respectful of their connection to and dependence on the region’s natural environment.
We value the integrity of natural systems – air, land, water, and native plants and animals – and believe in protecting and restoring them for the benefit of all generations.

  1. Public Meeting on the Dr. John Wilson Community Garden

    December 15 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  2. Holiday Recycling

    January 5, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  3. Clergy Creation Care Retreat: Inspiring Your Congregation to Care For God’s Creation

    January 17, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  4. Paddle-n-Plant workday

    January 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
  5. Paddle-n-Plant Workday

    January 23, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm