Haywood Waterways receives Pigeon River Fund grants

Feb 15, 2017
Courtesy of: MountainTrue Volunteers assist in live-staking efforts along eroding riverbanks on the Ivy River and Hominy and Cane Creeks to help stabilize riparian soils and reduce sedimentation in the French Broad River Basin.

The latest round of grants from The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina’s Pigeon River Fund awarded $309,635 to environmental groups working in Western North Carolina bringing total grants to $6,188,147 since 1996.

These grants improve surface water quality; enhance fish and wildlife management habitats; expand public use and access to waterways; and increase awareness to help protect resources in Buncombe, Haywood and Madison counties.

The Haywood Waterways Association received $60,000 to continue coordinated community efforts to address water quality issues; implement the Haywood Watershed Action Plan; and increase public appreciation of water resources through educational programs and publications.

HWA also received $39,600 toward the costs of repairing failing septic systems for low-income homeowners that are identified by the Haywood County Environmental Health Department.

Environmental Quality Institute received $17,800 to support the Volunteer Water Information Network and biomonitoring projects that engage volunteers in monitoring water quality and provide data to assist partner organizations working on water quality in Buncombe, Madison and Haywood counties.

The Southwestern North Carolina Resource Conservation and Development Council received $24,815 toward the 2017 Envirothon and Youth Environmental Stewardship Camp programs that engage middle and high school youth from Haywood, Madison and Buncombe counties in hands-on learning about water quality issues.

The council also received $12,720 toward the development of the Beaverdam Creek Watershed Action Plan.

The next application deadline for qualifying nonprofits in Buncombe, Haywood and Madison counties is March 15.  Applications and instructions are available at www.cfwnc.org.

The Pigeon River Fund was established through an agreement between Duke Energy and the state of North Carolina. The grant program is administered by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

For information about the Pigeon River Fund, contact senior program officer Tara Scholtz at 367-9913.