Water is Life
Taking Care of Our Most Essential Resource
If there is one natural resource taken most for granted, it’s clean water. Many people are able to turn on a tap and clean water is readily available, but when this is not the case, your day-to-day life is altered drastically. Water is life: It is necessary for the survival of all living beings on earth which is why it is so essential to protect. Each small stream matters.
Piedmont Land Conservancy's footprint includes the headwater portions of 3 of the top 5 largest River Basins in North Carolina:
The Cape Fear River Basin
Haw River & Deep River
Nearly one million people in North Carolina, like communities in Pittsboro, Chatham County, Sanford, Harnett, Dunn, and Fayetteville rely on the Cape Fear River basin for drinking water. It is one of the only watersheds to originate and flow only in North Carolina.
PLC has protected a number of properties along the Deep River, near the headwaters in High Point as well as further downstream. PLC is also the Non-Profit Partner for the Deep River State Trail.
The Yadkin/Pee Dee River Basin
Yadkin River, Mitchell River, Fisher River, & Ararat River
More than 1.7 million people use the waters of the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin every day for drinking water and more according to the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin Association.
In the Yadkin River basin, PLC has focused its conservation work in the headwaters of the Mitchell and Fisher Rivers to help ensure clean water downstream.
The Roanoke River Basin
Dan River, Mayo River, & Smith River
The Dan, Mayo, and Smith Rivers flow into the Roanoke which provides drinking water to more than one million people in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and other communities.
PLC has helped acquire tracts along the Mayo River, forming Mayo River State Park and protecting the drinking water for the residents of Mayodan. PLC has also along protected several sites along the Dan River.
How does PLC Protect Water Quality?
All river corridors in PLC’s nine county region are considered priority initiative areas, meaning that PLC will move quickly at the chance to protect areas along our water ways.
PLC protects water quality by protecting bordering land. At the source of a river, water is relatively pure. As the water flows downstream many other thing enter into the mix, like runoff from streets and urban areas, sediment from soil erosion, human sewage, animal waste, agricultural runoff, and mining or factory pollutants.
Which River Basin do you Live in?
Click below to learn more about your River Basin from NC Environmental Education Story Maps:
PLC's Nine County Region and 3 River Basins:
Here's Some Places PLC has Protected to Preserve Water Quality:
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