Environmental Quality Institute

WHAT THEY DO: Since 1990, EQI and our volunteers have monitored water quality in WNC streams and lakes. Data from our Volunteer Water Information Network and Stream Monitoring Information Exchange programs provide current and trend conditions at about 200 sites in the region. We partner with local governments and nonprofits to identify waterways in need of protection and restoration, and to justify grants for water quality improvements.


  • Gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1,000.


  • Donors of $100 or more will be entered into two drawings for a Patagonia Guidewater backpack and a Patagonia Atom sling bag.
We have had the distinct pleasure of working in partnership with the staff at EQI for many, many years. Their commitment to monitoring our watersheds and providing high-quality data is essential to our mission of improving the impaired and stewarding our pristine waters. Without EQI’s data, we would not be able to provide evidence for our local, state and federal projects.
—Jennifer Harrison, Buncombe County Agriculture and Land Resources director
environmental quality institute