CHARLOTTE — The Catawba Riverkeeper published an interactive, collaborative plan to clean up the South Fork watershed.
Named the South Fork Catawba Sub-Basin Restoration and Protection Plan, it’s a proposal outlining 22 potential projects that can be used by anyone who wants to improve water quality.
Explore the South Fork Catawba Sub-Basin Restoration and Protection Plan:
It includes stabilizing riverbanks, improved monitoring, cattle fencing, and dam removals.
The South Fork sub-basin has 118 miles of streams flowing through Burke, Catawba, Lincoln, and Gaston counties.
The report names three primary threats to water quality in this river:
- Stormwater runoff,
- Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), and
- Legacy and current land use changes
The South Fork supports five drinking water intakes, according to the Catawba Riverkeeper.
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