Kanuga adopts local stream

03.20.2015 - Conference & Retreat, MTOS

Kanuga has signed on to help protect a section of Mud Creek adjacent to the camp, conference and retreat center’s 1,400 acres.

As part of the adoption, Kanuga has committed to monitor the stream on a quarterly basis, and conduct twice-a-year trash clean ups. The stretch of Mud Creek that has been adopted is approximately three miles long and begins 1.5 miles upstream from where Little Mud Creek, which flows through Kanuga’s campus, intersects with the larger Mud Creek.

Quarterly monitoring will include measuring water quality, checking for sedimentation and looking for sources of pollution. The biannual cleaning will involve Kanuga staff and volunteer participation.

“The cleaning of the stream is an opportunity for our employees to be involved in caring for this beautiful area of our local watershed,” said Clint DeWitt, Kanuga environmental projects manager (pictured). “This is an important part of our mission of environmental stewardship.”

Kanuga is working in partnership with MountainTrue, an alliance of environmental advocacy groups for Western North Carolina. MountainTrue’s mission is to champion resilient forests, clean waters and healthy communities in the region.