Stream Monitoring 2014

Stream Monitoring Information Exchange (SMIE)

The Stream Monitoring Information Exchange (SMIE) is a collaborative effort of several local non-profits and volunteers that actively monitor the health of local streams.  Currently managed by Haywood Waterways Association, SMIE conducts biological sampling.  By collecting “bugs,” we get a good picture of the health of our creeks over time.  This provides a more comprehensive picture than chemical monitoring, which only gives us a “snapshot” of the creek at the moment the sample is taken.  Chemical analysis is important, as well, and has been performed by other organizations for some time.


Hartwell Carson, Riverkeeper, Western NC Alliance

Hartwell Carson, Riverkeeper of the French Broad River, presented information to the Asheville community at a Mountain WILD! meeting.  He has worked to reduce sediment pollution and started and expanded bacteria, sediment, and coal ash monitoring programs.  He discussed the current state of the French Broad River and led a discussion about improving and caring for our Asheville watershed.

A special thank you to the Western NC Nature Center for hosting the event.