Our Rivers Need You

North Carolina’s rivers teem with life and provide important habitats for native forest animals, fish, bugs, and all kinds of other critters. They’re where we paddle and play with our friends and families.

Unfortunately, our rivers are threatened, and many fail to meet basic water quality standards — especially after heavy rainstorms.

With your help we can protect our waterways. Together, we can change the way our local governments and regulatory agencies operate, get more funding to help solve the problems, and win the support of elected officials in Western North Carolina and Raleigh. But to win, we need you.

Featured Action

TAKE ACTION TO FIGHT E. COLI POLLUTION IN OUR RIVERS

DNA testing conducted by the French Broad Riverkeeper of the French Broad River, one of our region’s most polluted waterways, has confirmed that cattle followed by faulty or inadequate sewer, septic or water treatment infrastructure are the major sources of E. coli pollution. We’ve done the DNA testing. We know the sources. Now we have the solutions to clean up our rivers.

Stand up for science-based policies to help farmers fence cattle out of streams and property owners fix their septic systems and major investments in water infrastructure.

Our Three-Step Plan To Clean Up Our Rivers

Step 1: Fix Leaky Sewers & Septic Systems

Let’s upgrade aging city sewer systems and fix broken septic systems so we can keep poop out of our waterways. Heavy rainstorms overload our stormwater and sewer infrastructure and cause overflows and backups. Failing septic systems don’t treat sewage properly, and our streams are polluted as a result. Find out how we can fix our pipes to make our rivers run clean and clear.
Learn more and take action.

Step 2: Reduce Farm & Nutrient Runoff

Let’s give our farmers a helping hand to keep stormwater runoff from polluting our waters. We love our farmers and all the delicious food they grow for us. They deserve more resources to fully protect our streams from sediment, fertilizer and animal waste runoff. This includes options like fencing livestock out of streams, constructing heavy use feeding pads, renovating pastures, and expanding stream buffers to filter polluted runoff.
Learn more and take action.

Step 3: Keep Plastic Out Of Our Rivers

​Let’s unclog our rivers and streams by cutting down our reliance on single-use plastics. MountainTrue and other local conservation groups clean up thousands of tons of garbage from local waterways — most of it plastic bottles and bags. This trash isn’t just ugly. It’s dangerous for fish and other aquatic life too. Find out how you can cut single-use plastics out of your life and support local government bans on plastic bags and straws.
Learn more and take action.

More Clean Water Actions & Updates

Stop The Bluffs At River Bend

Stop The Bluffs At River Bend

Help fight a planned mega-development that would be built on 82 acres of intact forest directly next to Richmond Hill Park, increase traffic and pollute the French Broad River.

Stand Up Against the Asphalt Plant Proposed for East Flat Rock!

Stand Up Against the Asphalt Plant Proposed for East Flat Rock!

Update: SE Asphalt Renews Its Effort to Build an Asphalt Plant in Residential Area. On April 15, our community successfully organized to get the Henderson County Planning Board to recommend that the County Commissioners deny the asphalt plant proposal. Thanks to...

The Not-So-Micro Issue of Microplastics

The Not-So-Micro Issue of Microplastics

In our most recent blog post, our High Country Water Quality Administrator Hannah Woodburn explains that while personal change is important, our consumer choices alone are not enough to fix the plastics pollution crisis. Check out Hannah’s post to learn more about the history of plastic pollution, ongoing legislation to combat the issue and our sampling program to identify microplastics in WNC’s waters.

Protect The Watauga River From Another Sewage Treatment Plant

Protect The Watauga River From Another Sewage Treatment Plant

The Town of Seven Devils has been approached to consider annexing a proposed development and sewage treatment plant along the Watauga River. This is bad news for water quality, trout, and all of us who depend on the Watauga for work and play. Will you make your public comment below to oppose this proposal?

DEQ: It’s Time to Modernize NC’s Pollution Spill Notification System

DEQ: It’s Time to Modernize NC’s Pollution Spill Notification System

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.

Update: City of Asheville Agrees to Stormwater Task Force!

Update: City of Asheville Agrees to Stormwater Task Force!

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.

Take Action To Protect The Clean Water Act From Polluters

Take Action To Protect The Clean Water Act From Polluters

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?

Protect Our Rivers By Supporting Sustainable Farms

Protect Our Rivers By Supporting Sustainable Farms

We have compiled a map of farms in our region that feed us while using practices that support healthy rivers, lakes and streams. Check out the map to find sustainable farms in your local watershed, and sign the pledge to support sustainable farms here.