Success Spotlight: Richland Creek, North Carolina


EPA’s Clean Water Act Section 319 Program provides funding for restoration of nonpoint source-impaired water bodies. This week’s success spotlight shines on Richland Creek, North Carolina. Richland Creek serves as the municipal water supply for the town of Waynesville and flows into Lake Junaluska, a 200-acre reservoir that is also a popular recreational destination. Increased fecal coliform bacteria and sedimentation, primarily from livestock and septic straight pipes, led the North Carolina Division of Water Quality to add 15-plus miles of Richland Creek to the state’s list of impaired waters in 2002 for not meeting its designated use to support aquatic life. Using approximately $2 million in state and federal funding, watershed partners implemented agricultural best management practices, such as check dams and vegetative cover to reduce erosion, fencing for livestock, and wastewater treatment repairs. In 2010, the state removed a portion of Richland Creek from its list of impaired waters. Click here for more information.

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