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Flat Rock News

State fines trailer park $65,000 for sewage spills

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FLAT ROCK — When David Dethero and Bill Walker stroll in their park-like yards, they tend to talk about things like rare wild azaleas, the chestnut paneling in a cabin on Walker’s property and the constant war on vines and other invasive plants that advance into their yards.   Read Story »

Tags: water quality | water issues | Halfway Tree Mobile Home Park

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Council directs manager to pursue city-county water rate equity

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The Hendersonville City Council on Thursday night took a potentially significant step toward peace in the long-running and bitter water war with Henderson County.   Read Story »

Tags: water issues | water system | 2017 water war

Henderson County News

County rips city in resolution calling for equal water rates

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Reviving a battle over who controls public water in Henderson County, county commissioners on Wednesday adopted a strongly worded resolution charging the city of Hendersonville with discriminating against customers outside the city limits and calling on the City Council to immediately equalize all water rates and fees. Later Wednesday morning, the city issued a news release rebutting several of the county's points while declaring that the City Council is open to conversations on water policy.   Read Story »

Tags: water issues | Hendersonville water system

Henderson County News

City water exceeds EPA standards, report says

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Tags: water quality | water issues | water system | Hendersonville water system

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

McGrady 'very disappointed' with Buncombe over MSD vote

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Tags: water quality | water issues | 2017 water war

Henderson County News

Laurel Park may sell water system to Hendersonville

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LAUREL PARK — The Laurel Park Town Council is moving ahead with the idea of selling its water system to the city of Hendersonville, which a report said would save Laurel Park ratepayers money.   Read Story »

Tags: Laurel Park | water issues | Laurel Park Town Manager Alison Melnikova | Alison Alexander

Henderson County News

McGrady retreats on state oversight of water system

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State Rep. Chuck McGrady has retreated from a threat to put the Hendersonville water system under the oversight of state financial regulators, saying that bill had the desired effect of bringing warring factions to the negotiating table.   Read Story »

Tags: Asheville | water issues | water system | 2017 water war

Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

City feels 'kicked in the teeth' by McGrady water bill

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Henderson County Four Seasons Politics

Here's the city's complete response on water system

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Henderson County News

Laurel Park making gains against water loss

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LAUREL PARK — Laurel Park officials plan to redouble efforts to detect leaks and replace bad pipes and valves and old meters in the aftermath of a water loss rate of just under 30 percent last year.   Read Story »

Tags: Laurel Park | water quality | water issues

Henderson County News

County receives grant to restore creek

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Henderson County won a $57,800 grant to help the Henderson Soil and Water Conservation District remove a small dam on Greer Creek and restore 300 feet of the former stream channel, the governor's office announced.   Read Story »

Tags: water issues

Henderson County News

Court upholds taking of Asheville's water system

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The city of Asheville has lost its battle with the state Legislature over the transfer of its water system to a regional utilities authority — an outcome that increases Henderson County's power in the management of water resources.   Read Story »

Tags: water issues

Etowah News

Council OKs agreement for water tank land

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The Hendersonville City Council last week authorized the city staff to complete the purchase of property in Etowah for a half-million-gallon water tank that is part of a service upgrade in the community.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | water issues

Henderson County News

Asheville City Council ratifies water agreement

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ASHEVILLE —Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer fastened a pin depicting the Henderson County Historic Courthouse on her lapel "right over my Asheville pin," a symbolic gesture that could signal the end of a bitter 20-year dispute between the city and Henderson County over a controversial water rights swap.   Read Story »

Tags: water issues | 2014 Board of Commissioners election

Henderson County News

Apodaca 'dead serious' about killing coal ash ponds

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State Sen. Tom Apodca has turned into one of the strongest voices in his party calling for immediate action to eliminate the threat of coal ash ponds to North Carolina rivers.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | environment | water quality | water issues | 2014 state Senate race

Hendersonville News

City sets meeting for Dana residents

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Dana residents whose wells were found to be contaminated with a farm chemical can learn more about tapping onto a city water line during a community meeting on Thursday, Feb. 20.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | water quality | water issues | Dana contaminated wells

Hendersonville News

After spill, Apodaca seeks report on coal ash ponds

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After a coal ash spill into the Dan River posed a threat to drinking water supplies, state Sen. Tom Apodaca asked a joint environmental committee to look into all coal ash ponds in the state.   Read Story »

Tags: NC Sen. Tom Apodaca | environment | water quality | water issues

Hendersonville News

Council to take up Miller's $10,875 water fee refund

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Jeff Miller the business owner got into the Hendersonville City Council race in part because he believed the city's commercial water impact fees were outrageously high.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Jeff Miller | water issues

Hendersonville Business

Government regs cost dealership $486,000, Boyd says

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Boyd Chevrolet spent $486,000 on stormwater treatment, erosion control, landscaping, sidewalks and other improvements the city of Hendersonville required for its new dealership on Spartanburg Highway, L.C. "Cam" Boyd II said in a letter to Mayor Barbara Volk and the City Council.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Boyd Chevrolet | water issues

Hendersonville News

City to take up fee waiver for dealership, Dana homes

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A day after an election sure to tilt the Hendersonville City Council in a pro-business direction, council members will take up a request to waive an impact fee for the new Boyd Chevrolet dealership on Spartanburg Highway and waive the charge for up to 80 Dana households with contaminated wells that will be offered city water.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | Boyd Chevrolet | water issues | Dana contaminated wells

Hendersonville Politics

Candidates split on Berkeley bond promo

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Candidates for Hendersonville City Council and mayor differ over whether the city should have sent out water bills promoting the proposed Berkeley Mills Park as "a nice, safe place to talk, ride bikes, take dogs, play ball ... or enjoy the scenery."       Read Story »

Tags: water issues | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Hendersonville Opinion

LIGHTNING EDITORIAL: Sunshine will clear the air

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All the noise over the Hendersonville City Council's procedure for going into a closed meeting has missed the greater point of whether the discussion should have been outside public view to start with.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | water issues

Henderson County News

Big Sweep river cleanup takes place Saturday

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The Environmental and Conservation Organization of Hendersonville, Asheville GreenWorks, RiverLink and the Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA) will hold a multi-county stream cleanup event in conjunction with NC Big Sweep on Saturday, Sept. 21. It's the first time the environmental organizations have joined together to make a regional event.   Read Story »

Tags: environment | Environmental & Conservation Organization | water quality | water issues | French Broad River

Henderson County News

Volks, breweries honored as 'Friends of the River'

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The Land-of-Sky Regional Council presented "Friends of the River" Awards during the 36th annual "Friends of the River" Dinner in Asheville.   Read Story »

Tags: Sierra Nevada | environment | water quality | water issues | breweries | French Broad River | Barbara Volk | Dr. Jim Volk

Hendersonville News

Council lowers water rate

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Residents of Brightwater and adjoining neighborhoods will see a reduction in their water bills of almost $10 a month under a new funding agreement the Hendersonville City Council approved last week.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | water issues

Hendersonville News

New schedule slashes city's commercial impact fees

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Reacting to election-year criticism that the city's impact fees hinder economic development, the Hendersonville City Council on Thursday endorsed a dramatic rewrite of the schedule that shifts the burden of impact fees from new businesses to new homes.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | utilities | water issues

Hendersonville News

'Ask Matt': How come our meters cost more than Asheville's?

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Q. Why did Hendersonville's new water meters cost twice as much as Asheville's?   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville Lightning | supermarkets | retail | water issues | Ask Matt

Henderson County News

City reimburses landowner after 2-year water leak

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The city of Hendersonville will reimburse Haywood Road property owners for work they had done to protect their property from a city water leak.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | water issues

Henderson County News

Facing challenge, City Council puts water fee on agenda

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Facing an election campaign that could focus attention on the city's commercial water charges, the Hendersonville City Council is scrambling to revise its one-time hookup charge for businesses.   Read Story »

Tags: Hendersonville City Council | 2013 municipal elections | water issues | 2013 Hendersonville city election

Henderson County News

County drops greenway demand for Jackson Park sewer line

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Thirteen days after they made it,  Henderson County commissioners on Monday dropped a demand that Hendersonville pay for a greenway in return for the county's granting of a sewer line easement through Jackson Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | Hendersonville City Council | water issues

Henderson County News

Commissioners appoint Messer, Young to new regional utility board

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday appointed two of its own members plus Mills River  Councilman Larry Freeman to a powerful board that will govern a new regional utility.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | utilities | water issues | Metropolitan Sewerage District

Henderson County News

Pool chlorine may have caused fish kill, city says

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The city of Hendersonville said it may have inadvertently caused the pollution that killed fish in Britain Creek at Patton Park.   Read Story »

Tags: hendersonville | water quality | water issues

Henderson County News

ECO offers opportunities to monitor water

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ECO, the Environmental and Conservation Organization, will present a water quality interest meeting at Jongo Java, 117 S. Main St., from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.   Read Story »

Tags: ECO | water quality | water issues