Watershed Resources (Links, Documents and Programs)
Water Improvement Plan from the Piedmont Triad Regional Council and other information on water resources program can be found at: www.ptrc.org/water and the entire water supply final report can be found at: http://www.ptrc.org/index.aspx?page=473.
Bishops Pastoral on the Columbia Water Rivershed (for PDF with further information, click here)
The Yadkin Riverkeeper - The Yadkin River serves as the drinking water supply for 734,000 people in the Piedmont Triad Area. The Yadkin Riverkeeper's mission is to respect, protect and improve the Yadkin Pee Dee River Basin through education, advocacy and action. Learn more at www.yadkinriverkeeper.org.
Available resources to use in your community
Local Congregations will be inspired to take better care of the earth by understanding where we are in the watershed. Without fully embracing human’s part in our watershed, people are separated from their impact to the water and natural resources they rely on in their daily lives and in worship.
Adopt a stream: Adults and youth can become re-connected to their watershed through adopting a stream, and monitoring the streams health. Once individuals learn how their health and the health of the water and ecosystem are connected they will be more likely to provide meaningful effort to protecting our watershed. Your congregation or community can be guided through examples of how to adopt your own local stream. The most engaging and effective way to adopt a stream is removing trash yearly, sampling chemical properties of the water and sampling the benthic macroinvertebrates twice a year to determine the health of the water by looking at the life in the water. Your community can participate in trash removal, chemical testing, and/or macroinvertebrate sampling.
Watershed Restoration: Using the church grounds and/or willing landowners, workshops can be held for the participants covering methods everyone can employ to restore water quality conditions in the nearby waterways.
Rain Garden Workshop and Installation: A rain garden is a landscaped area designed to capture and hold rainwater allowing it to soak into the soil. Most built upon sites, such as churches have a suitable location for a rain garden. Not only do rain gardens reduce water pollution and allow groundwater recharge, they foster the growth of native perennial flowers, grasses, and shrubs, create habitat for wildlife, and increase the overall ecological health of an area. Installing rain gardens in your community will provide concrete examples of watershed stewardship lessons in response to specific problems facing local communities.
Forestry Workshop: Partnering with the local cooperative extension agent and, or the local NC Forester, a Forestry practices workshop could be held to increase awareness of Forestry practice guidelines that reduce water pollution and show how consulting foresters can increase economic reward and reduce harmful forestry practices that pollute the water.
Riparian Buffer Enhancement Workshop: A willing landowner can be identified that has a riparian buffer in need of enhancement. The community could be led through a workshop that sheds light on the importance of riparian buffers and tools for planting buffers with locally sourced native plants to reduce erosion and subsequent water quality issues.
Field Trips: In our area, Stone Mountain State Park holds the headwaters of Roaring River and serves as a great public location for vising the source of a river. Through seeing and playing in the source, our participants will be able to visualize how clean and pristine the water is and be able to infer how human impacts degrade the water quality by referencing how the Roaring River appears as it enters the Yadkin River.
Paddle trip down the Roaring River/Yadkin. Fun river adventures will connect participants to the importance of having water that is clean enough to get into and enjoy as a recreational asset. You can plan these types of events in your communities as well.
Goal: The ultimate goal of this project is to identify local sources of water pollution improve water quality by encouraging the community to question how their actions impact the quality of their water and how they can manage their landscapes and property to have a positive impact on water quality and environmental sustainability.