Watersheds http://wunc.org en Triangle Greenways Council Buys 22 Acres In Durham County For Future Trail http://wunc.org/post/triangle-greenways-council-buys-22-acres-durham-county-future-trail <p>Just days after the City of Durham kicked off its trail season, the<a href="http://www.trianglegreenways.org/index.php"> Triangle Greenways Council</a> (TGC) has finalized a deal allowing for the creation a new greenway in Durham County. The group purchased a parcel of land along Chunky Pipe Creek, about two miles upstream from Falls Lake, Raleigh’s drinking water source (<a href="http://www.satelliteviews.net/cgi-bin/g.cgi/?fid=983184&amp;state=NC&amp;ftype=stream">see a map here</a>). The land has already been designated &nbsp;for a future greenway project in the Durham Open Space Plan.</p><p>TGC&nbsp; bought the land on April 10 from private owners, who will benefit from the NC Conservation Tax Credit and other federal tax deductions that incentivize conservation efforts. The purchase is the fourth parcel that TGC has bought along the creek.&nbsp; The City of Raleigh provided funding via the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative, a consortium of seven conservation groups that aims to protect land important to&nbsp; the health of drinking water sources in the Upper Neuse River Basin. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:54:13 +0000 Laura Candler 13786 at http://wunc.org Triangle Greenways Council Buys 22 Acres In Durham County For Future Trail Coastal Plain Counties Praised For Conservation Efforts http://wunc.org/post/coastal-plain-counties-praised-conservation-efforts-0 <p>Officials with the state Division of Water Resources say a <a href="http://www.ncwater.org/Reports_and_Publications/GWMS_Reports/CCP_draft_Assessment_20130213.pdf">new report</a> shows great improvement in groundwater levels over <a href="http://www.ncwater.org/Permits_and_Registration/Capacity_Use/Central_Coastal_Plain/">a 15-county area in eastern North Carolina</a>. According to state officials, deep-well, freshwater aquifers in the coastal plain have to stay above full capacity to keep from mixing with saltwater.&nbsp; If they were to mix, cities would have to spend money to filter out saltwater to make their water is safe to drink. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott & Brent Wolfe 13717 at http://wunc.org Coastal Plain Counties Praised For Conservation Efforts State of the Sounds http://wunc.org/post/state-sounds <p>The health of the bodies of water that surround coastal North Carolina is being discussed today in New Bern. The state's eight sounds are managed by a program through the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Jim Hawhee works for DENR. He says what happens in Raleigh and Durham effects the water in the sounds.<br> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 18:10:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 7206 at http://wunc.org