All the water there will be, is. — (Anonymous)
Fresh water is an increasingly critical natural resource, and its protection is central to Foothills Conservancy’s mission of land conservation. Development both impacts and depends upon the streams and rivers of the eastern Blue Ridge Mountains and Foothills. As North Carolina’s population expands and the state’s economy grows, additional pressures will affect the availability of and access to clean water.
Three major rivers – the Catawba, Broad, and Yadkin – begin in the mountains of Foothills Conservancy’s region. These rivers provide crucial supplies of clean water to millions of North and South Carolinians. It is therefore essential that we protect their vital headwaters. Most of our protection projects have focused on lands sheltering the springs, creeks, and streams that feed these three rivers.