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Exploring The Great Outdoors: Hidden Dangers And Common Sense


October 8, 2018

Headwaters Outfitters has hosted clean-up days on the French Broad River for more than 20 years, and volunteers removed literal tons of trash every year.

Twenty years ago, the worst fear you had while bare foot in our streams and forest was broken glass, a pop–top or some rusty metal. Fast forward to today, when just this past week a portable meth lab was found in a suitcase at a public river access in Asheville.

My personal encounters seeing hazardous waste on our public lands and streams in Transylvania County from illegal drugs has increased over the past few years. Fentanyl was unheard of just a few years back. Now this very dangerous drug and contact hazard is showing up in our communities. This isn't just a public land problem or i...

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