Ashvegas reader: Horrendous run-off from construction project into French Broad


Here’s the note from loyal reader Tami:

As I was driving around taking pictures today, I drove down Pond Road along the French Broad. Pond runs between Sardis Road and Brevard Road near the Biltmore Square Mall.

The DOT is working on the I-26 Bridge at Exit 31 B. The runoff into the river is horrendous. I know the DOT could not have anticipated the rain, but the mud was just pouring into the FB.

I’ve attached the photos I took from along Pond Road near the corner of McIntosh. I’m sending them in two separate emails.

I plan to call DOT tomorrow to complain.



ashevillain May 6, 2013 - 6:54 pm

FYI: I know it’s splitting hairs but that is not a photo of the French Broad River….although it is a tributary and the mud still makes it into the river, yada, yada.

Also, I’m willing to bet that worse things make it to the river from the nearby concrete plant and the scrapyard…not that this makes it any better for the DOT to let mud runoff into the river. Still, looking at that pic…I can’t imagine what they would have been able to do to prevent runoff from that job site. Silt fencing would have been washed right into the river along with the mud.

Murphy May 6, 2013 - 3:47 pm

I believe the DOT could have anticiipated rain, (it was forecast for days in advance), and should have had silt fencing regardless of whether or not we were in a drought!

Granted some areas had a deluge and the best attempts at mitigating that much runoff probably would not have been very successful anyway …

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