City of Eden Wins Dan River Basin Association Municipal Partners Program Award

(Eden, NC) – The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) functions to support proper river stewardship and water quality within Virginia and North Carolina. DRBA’s Municipal Partners Program is an effort to bring awareness of the services DRBA can provide for cities, towns and counties in our basin.  DRBA works in cooperation with local governments to develop environmental education, stewardship and outdoor recreational opportunities across the basin.  The City of Eden has been a part of this program for over three years.  Some of the highlights include:

• Hosting Otter Float during their Riverfest to promote river recreation.

• Working in partnership with DRBA to accomplish cleanups, park and river access enhancement, tree planting and other projects with the MillerCoors River Projects.

• Completing and working on several city plans that will serve to improve water quality, increase tourism and inspire people to value their natural resources.

• Hiring a professional photographer to capture wildlife images in and around the river.

DRBA honored the City of Eden at its March 4th Annual Meeting at the Museum of Natural History in Martinsville, VA. City of Eden Economic Development Director Mike Dougherty accepted the award on behalf of the city.

DRBA and the city are also working on new trails, such as one along Matrimony Creek, from Hampton Heights Baptist Church to Price Road. Another is the Freedom Park Nature and Educational Trail that will run from Country Club Drive to the upper region of Freedom Park. DRBA Program Manager Jenny Edwards is working with the city in applying for grants for these projects. Edwards is also part of the newly created Eden Rivers and Trails Committee that is designed to promote trail development within the city.

Two members of the DRBA Board of Directors have joined Dougherty as part of the Dan River Implementation Team that has met since September of 2014 to address the effects of the coal ash spill. One of the accomplishments of this effort has been the Dan River ST8 Crossings regional marketing campaign. This campaign includes a brand for the Dan River, new web site, videos, billboards and social media. A regional group is being assembled to continue this effort beyond 2017.

City of Eden News Release  •  March 7, 2017  •  M. Dougherty


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