Water Quality Monitoring Program Sponsors

A huge thank you to our 2023 and 2024 Water Quality Monitoring Program Sponsors! Their contributions help make our water quality monitoring program possible at over 25 sites in the watershed!

"A Friend of the Watershed" (Nebo, NC)

The Boathouse (Morganton, NC)

Foragable Community (Morganton, NC)

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Community of Lake James (Lake James, NC)


Wendy Oetjen, In Memory of Dave Oetjen (Marion, NC)

Interested in becoming a Water Quality Monitoring Program Sponsor?

Lake James Environmental Association is a non-profit organization established in 1973. Our mission is to protect and enhance the long-term environmental health and natural beauty of Lake James and its watershed. As part of that effort, we have been monitoring the water quality of Lake James and the rivers and streams in the watershed for over 20 years.

During 2024, LJEA will spend $10,000 in water quality laboratory fees and up to $6,000 for related professional environmental services. In addition, we are providing $15,000 in funding to faculty and students from colleges and universities in western North Carolina for internships and to conduct research in the watershed. Our volunteers will provide another $80,000 worth of labor, auto and boat costs, and other unreimbursed expenses.

LJEA currently monitors water quality at 25 locations in the watershed. At some locations water quality samples are collected and analyzed on a monthly basis. In 2021, we added 3 new monthly sampling sites on Paddys Creek, Crooked Creek, and Mill Creek. In 2022, we added sampling at both Forsyth Creek in east Marion and White Creek in Burke County. In 2023, we added a site on the Linville River in Avery County and will add another in 2024. Elsewhere in the watershed, we perform habitat assessments and collect macroinvertebrates (insects) annually to determine long-term trends in water quality and ecological health.

We offer you the opportunity to join us in stewardship of our beautiful watershed by sponsoring one of 25 sites that we monitor in the watershed in 2024.

For a $500 sponsorship, you will:

  • Invest in the healthy environment and economy of our area.
  • Demonstrate your concern and leadership in our environment and water resources.
  • Help LJEA monitor and protect the quality of the drinking water in the watershed and downstream.
  • Be recognized as an individual or business sponsor on our webpage, social media, and at our member meetings and other events. Your sponsorship also will be recognized at the Annual Lake James Watershed Symposium.
  • Receive the gratitude of all of LJEA’s members, volunteers, and supporters.

All sponsorship funds will be used to offset the costs of water quality monitoring and our collaborative university studies and student internships.

If your business is interested in sponsoring one of our WQ Monitoring Sites and helping to support our sampling efforts, please fill out and return the form below by email or mail.