Green Riverkeeper


Gray Jernigan
[email protected]
(828) 692-0385 ext.1004

The Green River watershed is located in southwestern North Carolina, with headwaters on the eastern side of the Continental Divide in the mountains of Henderson County, flowing east into Polk County, through the Blue Ridge Escarpment, and into the Broad River in the piedmont near the Polk-Rutherford County line. Tributaries to the Green River include Joe Creek, Brights Creek, Hungry River, Britten Creek, Walnut Creek and Whiteoak Creek.There are 268 stream miles in the 245 square mile Green River watershed. Much of the watershed is forested (82%); 10% is agricultural; 7% other; 1% is developed, however, portions are rapidly being developed for second homes and recreational activities.

Gray Jernigan is the Green Riverkeeper. Gray has been Southern Regional Director with MountainTrue since May 2016, and previously was Staff Attorney & Communications Coordinator for Waterkeeper Alliance’s Pure Farms, Pure Waters campaign in North Carolina where he worked with Riverkeepers across the state to address water pollution issues associated with Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). He holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Environmental Law & Policy degrees from Vermont Law School and completed undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earning B.S. Psychology and B.A. Environmental Studies degrees.


121 Third Avenue West, Suite 1
Hendersonville, North Carolina 28792