Friends of Lake Glenville Water Quality Program
Who is VWIN?
The Volunteer Water Information Network (VWIN) is a partnership of groups and individuals dedicated to preserving water quality in western North Carolina. Organizations such as the Friends of Lake Glenville, Inc., RiverLink Inc., the Environmental Conservation Organization of Henderson County (ECO), the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC), and the Lake Lure Lakefront Owners Association provide administrative support. The UNC-Asheville Environmental Quality Institute (EQI) provides technical assistance through laboratory analysis of water samples, statistical analysis of water quality results, and written interpretation of the data. Volunteers venture out once per month to collect water samples from designated sites along streams and rivers in the region.
The Lake Glenville VWIN Program
In June 2000, the Friends of Lake Glenville initiated a local branch of the VWIN program to monitor seven selected stream sites monitored monthly and one control site monitored twice annually in order to assess water quality conditions in streams flowing into Lake Glenville. With sedimentation and other pollutants from continued development around the lake a growing concern, many citizens realize the need for continuous monitoring of the streams flowing into the lake as a means of trying to pinpoint sources of water quality problems. The approximate location of all the monitoring sites can be found on the map in Figure 1. Table 1 is a list of the monitoring sites and their locations. This condensed report represents some of the statistical analyses and interpretation of data gathered by VWIN volunteers from June 2000 through July 2001.
Table 1: Lake Glenville Monitoring Sites
(H-1) – Hurricane Creek at Norton Road bridge crossing
. (N-1) – Norton Creek at North Norton Road bridge crossing
(M-1) – Mill Creek at bridge 0.2 miles downstream from North Norton
(P-1) – Pine Creek at Pine Creek Road bridge crossing
(G-1) – Glenville Creek at Tator Knob Road culvert crossong
(C-1) – Cedar Creek at Bee Tree Road bridge crossing
(N-2) – Norton Creek upper watershed above Grassy Camp
(S-1) – Spring sample (control site – 2 samples only)
. Special – Upper Hurricane Creek (one sample only)