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Now is the Time to Protect the French Broad

October 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

On Oct. 7, the WNC Sierra Club features French Broad River Keeper Hartwell Carson of MountainTrue, who will address threats to the French Broad River and what we can do to save it. MountainTrue champions resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities in the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains. He will be joined by Civil/Environmental Engineer Marshall Taylor.

This event will be held over Zoom from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Register in advance via this link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Carson has worked to protect the French Broad River for the past 15 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, Carson 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.

Carson 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, Carson 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.

Marshall Taylor will also be on hand to address the issues. He has over 40 years of experience in water resources planning, management and engineering. Taylor received his B.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1974, 1976) and completed advanced graduate studies in water resources systems analysis at Case Western University (1977) and Cornell University (1980-1981). At the M.S. and advanced graduate levels, his studies combined engineering with Agricultural and Natural Resources Economics and public policy development.
For more information, contact Judy Mattox,, (828) 683-2176.


October 7
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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NC United States