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All I Want for Christmas is No ACP
Tell Governor Cooper – NO ACP for the Holidays!
Soon, our North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will be making its final decision on a major permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
We need your help to send a message to the Governor and officials in Raleigh that North Carolina doesn’t want or need this pipeline.
Help us flood the Governor’s office with Holiday-themed NO ACP postcards. Pick your favorite design at the link here and send a postcard to the Governor. You can download and print at home, or we can send one on your behalf!

WNC Stream Monitoring

Stream Monitoring Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer by taking part in the Stream Monitoring Information Exchange (SMIE)! With the help of the Environmental Quality Institute (EQI) participants have the opportunity to learn various stream sampling methods and benthic organism identification which provides insight into the health of watersheds in the area. Volunteers sample streams in western North Carolina every fall and spring.

To be added to the list for upcoming stream monitoring opportunities please email Gracia O’Neill, graciaoneill@yahoo.com.

Flattened scraper mayflyJoin over 100 local volunteers and help sample local streams for water quality! Learn to identify different kinds of aquatic insects and why they are important for healthy rivers and creeks. Adult volunteers will be trained in water quality sampling methods for use in a long-term monitoring project at sites in Haywood, Madison, Buncombe, Yancey and Mitchell Counties. No experience necessary.

Volunteer Expectations: Attend a training (typically offered in fall and spring), then work in small groups with leaders to sample a minimum of 2 sites (only 2-3 hours for a group to sample one site), 2 times – spring and fall.

SMIE Online Training

1. Introduction to SMIE, Stream Ecology

2. Biomonitoring Sampling Technique

3. Macroinvertabrate Identification (Bugs 101)

4. Habitat Assessment

5. Biomonitoring Quiz