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Upcoming Events

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Jan. 30, 6:30PM, AB Tech Asheville Ferguson Auditorium: "Pay 2 Play: Democracy's High Stakes." Free film screening. Details.

Feb. 5, 7PM-9PM, Temple Emanuel, 201 Oakwood Dr., Winston-Salem: "A River of Waste" film screening on factory farms. Contact ggtuch@yahoo.com.

Feb. 10, 8PM, Warren Wilson College Gladfelter Student Center, Asheville. "Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek" film screening. Sponsored by the Office of the President, W.I.D.E. Office, and Working Films. Facebook event.

Feb. 11, 6PM, Bennett College Global Learning Center Auditorium, Greensboro. "Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek" film screening. Sponsored by the Division of Humanities at Bennett College, NC League of Conservation Voters Foundation, and Working Films. Facebook event.

Feb. 12, 6PM, UNC Chapel Hill School of Public Health. "Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek" film screening. Sponsored by Institute for the Environment at UNC-CH and UNC-CH Department of Communication Studies, Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, and Working Films. Facebook event.

Feb. 14, 10AM, Raleigh: Historic Thousands on Jones St. March. Multi-issue rally. Visit http://www.hkonj.com/ for details.

March 14, 9AM-4PM, UNC Asheville: Stream Monitoring Volunteer Training.. RSVP required: contact Nicole Parrish, staff@eqilab.org or 828-333-0392.

A clean Pigeon River

The struggle for clean water downstream of Blue Ridge Paper Products’ mill in Canton, NC

The long-polluted Pigeon River, flowing through the heart of Cocke County, hasn’t been “fishable” or “swimmable” for over 100 years, and it’s hopeless as a source of treatable drinking water for downstream communities like Hartford and Newport. As everyone knows in east Tennessee, the source of the pollution is the former Champion pulp and paper mill in Canton, now owned by Evergreen Packaging, which discharges about 25 million gallons of hot, brown wastewater each day to this tiny mountain River. Toxic releases to water are still over 100,000 pounds each year.

Clean Water for NC has currently joined Clean Water Expected in East Tennessee, Cocke County, TN, Tennessee Chapter of the Sierra Club, Tennessee Conservation Voters, Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association, and Western North Carolina Alliance in a legal challenge to the facility’s discharge permit. The case is being handled by Southern Environmental Law Center.