Haywood Community College


Contacts: Debra M. Davis, Diana S. Conard

185 Freedlander Drive

Clyde, NC 28721

828-627-4521 Fax: 828-627-1218

Date: 7-2-07

HCC Receives Grant from Pigeon River Fund to Build Rain Garden

Haywood Community College recently received a $5,000 grant from the Pigeon River Fund of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina to build a rain garden on campus. The garden is designed to catch excess rainwater run-off from the new Center for the Advancement of Children.

The rain garden is one of many projects the college is initiating in a measure to become a leader in sustainable development practices through outreach and education, as well as becoming more environmentally sound. The goal is to become a guiding force in the community and region.

“HCC believes that one of the most important issues impacting WNC is that of sustainable development, creating patterns for the wise use and protection of natural resources that foster economic, social, and workforce development. Thus, the college has embarked on a mission, using instruction and demonstration, to help communities create patterns of sustainable development important to them,” explains HCC President, Dr. Rose Johnson.

The rain garden will increase infiltration and reduce the risk of flash flooding. Benefits of a rain garden are to promote environmental stewardship concepts in the community and to house a native “stock plant” collection for propagation and educational purposes. Completion of the rain garden will involve efforts by Horticulture and Fish and Wildlife Technology faculty and students, Campus Arboretum staff, and the Haywood Waterways Association.

The rain garden has also been made possible through donations from Haywood, Sunrise, and Waynesville Rotaries because of their interest in sustainable technologies

The Pigeon River Fund of the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina was created by the State of North Carolina and Progress Energy to improve water quality in the streams and rivers of Haywood, Buncombe, and Madison counties. The fund provides grants to nonprofit and public agencies that improve surface water quality, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, expand public access, and increase awareness about protecting these resources.