Jan 25, 2018

Mills River Partnership Launches Water Quality Projects

The projects will collaborate with local farms and agencies to cleanup the watershed, manage sediment and prevent pollution

Mills River Project launches water quality and erosion control projects

The Mills River Partnership (MRP) of Henderson County, N.C., has been awarded a $700,000 grant by the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) to install a chemical handling facility on North River Farms and restore Foster Creek.

The chemical handling facility, built in partnership with the Henderson County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), will enable North River Farms to safely mix and store agricultural chemicals before application. Additionally, the restoration of Foster Creek will include stabilizing stream banks and managing sediment. According to a news release by MRP, sediment is a major concern for local water treatment plants and the watershed’s ecosystem.

“Projects funded through the RCPP will showcase the partnership between farmers, conservation agencies, and nonprofit organization,” said Wayne Carland, a member of the MRP board. “They will have a positive impact on the entire watershed by protecting water quality and creating valuable habitat for fish and wildlife.”