In 2014, Mainspring purchased the organization’s first-ever brownfield property. Brownfield is a term used to describe land that may be contaminated with hazardous waste or pollution. This particular property is located next door to Mainspring’s office complex, a 1.52-acre former petroleum distribution site that sits adjacent to the Little Tennessee River in Franklin.
Money for the purchase came from Mainspring’s revolving land protection fund and grants from NC Environmental Enhancement Program through Blue Ridge Forever and Conservation Trust for North Carolina. Vital project support was provided by Cherokee Preservation Foundation (CPF).
With continued support from CPF and additional funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, Mainspring is removing the underground oil tanks and contaminated soil, and replacing them with green space, river access and places for educational programs