Contact ECO

Phone (828) 692-0385 . 611 N. Church Street, Suite 101 . Hendersonville, NC 28792

Volunteer with ECO!

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Join us to help protect water quality, promote better environmental public policies, educate on green energy and sustainability and advocate recycling. Read about ALL volunteer opportunities here. Contact ECO NOW to volunteer! LEARN MORE ABOUT our four mission-area committees: Energy, Green Infrastructure, Recycling, Water Quality.

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Making An Environmental Difference!

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ECO’s Water Quality Programs in the News!

In a recent edition of Mountain Xpress, an article by Jacob Flannik discusses various groups in WNC working to protect and monitor streams. He refers to ECO's long-standing programs in "Safeguarding water quality: Amid drastic state budget cuts, volunteers pick up slack." Click Here for more!

SWAT Teams

ECO’s monitoring programs allow us to detect water quality degradation and increasing concentrations of pollutants on many streams in Henderson County.  The more information we have on the causes of the decreasing water quality the more quickly and efficiently the problem can be remediated.  In response ECO is developing the Stream Water Action Team (SWAT) program to investigate and determine possible sources of pollution in a stream.

Trained SWAT volunteers will be sent to streams in response to monitoring results and citizen reports.  SWAT volunteers will examine how the land use adjacent to the stream may be contributing to high concentrations of sediment, nutrients, fecal coliform and low biomonitoring scores.  They will focus on permit violations, buffer violations and the use of best management practices.  The results from the SWAT investigations will be used to work with willing landowners and regulatory agencies to find financial and technical resources to implement projects that sustain the livelihood of the landowners and improve water quality.

If you are interested in becoming a SWAT volunteer, please contact ECO.


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