“I’m the seventh generation in my family to farm this land and I want my grandson to be able to be the ninth. That means we have to take care of the land and the river.”-Kirby Johnson, Mountain Bean Growers

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WE CARE ABOUT THE MILLS RIVER WATERSHED

The Mills River is an extremely valuable economic and natural resource. It provides many important services to the community:

  • Water supply to tens of thousands of homes, schools, and businesses
  • Recreational opportunities like trout fishing, hiking and camping
  • Irrigation water for high-value agriculture
  • Important habitat for plants and animals

Problems such as sediment runoff, stormwater, and streambank erosion affect water quality in the Mills River, jeopardizing the benefits it provides.

FACTS ABOUT MILLS RIVER WATERSHED

Mills River Watershed Facts:

  • 73.4 square miles
  • 77% is U.S. Forest Service land
  • 7% is residential
  • 1% is high density

The Mills River has many official uses:

  • water supply
  • agriculture
  • recreation and fishing
  • wildlife

Mills River Watershed