The Watershed Saga
A great example of the ripple effect of the effort of Old Sequoyans and citizens here to elect new trustees to the Woodfin Water Board to save the trees in our watershed.
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July 15, 2005
ASHEVILLE — The Eblen Charities and the Woodfin Water Sanitary Water and Sewer District have joined together to create a program to assist Woodfin Water customers who are having difficulty paying their water bills because of emergencies they may be facing.
The Woodfin/Eblen Water Assistance Project will be part of the Eblen Partnerships initiatives that joins with the public and the private sector in seeking out and creating programs that will serve the community and those who may be in need of assistance.
“This is another great opportunity for us and especially the families we serve,” said Brian Moore, chairman of the Eblen Charities.
“We have worked for some time with the Buncombe County Department of Social Services and the Health Center, but this is the first time we have had a particular municipal department contact us with an idea for a partnership.”
The idea for the program came from the board of Woodfin Sanitary Water and Sewer District and its district director, Joe Martin, in effort to assist their clients.
“We are excited to be working with the Eblen Charities to find a way to assist our customers that may be having difficulty in paying their existing water bills. We hope to see the partnership grow each year as we reach out to those in need,” Martin said.
The Woodfin Water district serves more than 10,000 people and covers the town of Woodfin and sections of North Asheville, West Asheville and Leicester.
Joe Eblen, president of Biltmore Oil Company, founded Eblen Charities in 1991. Through its numerous programs, Eblen Charities has assisted tens of thousands of children, adults and families with medication, medical supplies, travel, food, heating and utility assistance, and other emergency needs.
MAJOR WATERSHED VICTORY!
Asheville Citizen-Times (18 August 2004):
Three members of the Woodfin water board took a major step toward permanently protecting the district watershed from development when they voted to move ahead with a conservation easement Tuesday night.
According to MasterCard, you can put a price on a lot of things, but some are priceless, and I believe the quality of the water as well as the quality of the forests should be considered priceless, Woodfin water customer Jim Pitts said Tuesday.
Pitts was among more than 30 people who filled a room at the Woodfin water district office to hear more about the easement, which would prevent the kind of large-scale logging project that generated so much concern in Woodfin last year.
Many water customers and people living near the watershed opposed the plan, citing fears about large logging trucks using narrow roads into the watershed and concerns about the potential effect on water quality. The water district board voted unanimously to grant an option to purchase the easement to the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. The Clean Water Management Trust Fund has pledged more than $4.1 million and a private donor has agreed to put up $500,000 to pay for the easement.
The district could use the money to pay for improvements to the water system, which serves more than 3,000 customers.
WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
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