Grant awarded to expand Pisgah National Forest, enhance water quality

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy today was awarded $100,000 for its Sitton Creek Protection and Restoration project, which will enhance water quality in the Mills River watershed and expand public access by adding 178 acres to Pisgah National Forest.

CMLC was one of Duke Energy’s Water Resources Fund grant recipients. Duke Energy today announced grant awards totaling $1 million to 13 nonprofit organizations in North and South Carolina.

“We’re excited to receive the Duke Energy grant for our Sitton Creek project,” said Kieran Roe, executive director of CMLC. “The grant will help protect and restore the quality of the Mills River watershed, a source of drinking water serving hundreds of thousands of users in Henderson and Buncombe counties in North Carolina.”

The Water Resources Fund is a $10 million, multi-year commitment from Duke Energy to help nonprofits continue to protect and improve the environment, including waterways used year-round across the Carolinas and neighboring states.

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