Falls Lake http://wunc.org en Durham Makes Move To Buy Property Near Polluted Falls Lake http://wunc.org/post/durham-makes-move-buy-property-near-polluted-falls-lake <p>Durham County Commissioners have approved a plan to buy 260 acres of land near Falls Lake.&nbsp; The board voted 3-2 this week to purchase the property in east Durham for $650,000.</p><p></p><p>Commissioner Ellen Reckhow says the deal will allow Durham County to comply with a state mandate that says all local governments in the Falls Lake watershed must help clean up the polluted lake.<br><br>"It has Falls Lake frontage and so many creeks and streams such that 93 percent of the acreage is within 300 feet of water," Reckhow said during this week's meeting.</p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 12:21:48 +0000 Will Michaels 11133 at http://wunc.org Durham Makes Move To Buy Property Near Polluted Falls Lake Raleigh Considers Alternative Reservoirs http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-considers-alternative-reservoirs <p>Officials with the City of Raleigh may ask for some changes to be made to how much water they can use from Falls Lake Reservoir. The request may delay plans for a new reservoir in eastern Wake County.<br> Tue, 16 Oct 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 2860 at http://wunc.org Efforts To Protect Watershed Get Complicated http://wunc.org/post/efforts-protect-watershed-get-complicated <p>Wake County Commissioners' efforts to reduce the amount of pollution in Falls Lake and Jordan Lake got a little complicated this week.<br><br><strong>Gurnal Scott:</strong> Both lakes are considered polluted because of excessive nutrients washed in by stormwater runoff. They are primary sources of Wake County’s drinking water. Commissioners approved new rules requiring developers to use more retention ponds to prevent further pollution. But this week, state lawmakers delayed action on clean water rules. Commissioner Tony Gurley was surprised by that.<br> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Gurnal Scott 2155 at http://wunc.org Raleigh Seeks Alternative Energy Source http://wunc.org/post/raleigh-seeks-alternative-energy-source <p>Raleigh is hoping to build another sustainable energy facility. This one would be a hydroelectric plant at the Falls Lake Dam.<br><br><strong>Dave DeWitt: </strong>Raleigh already generates power by harnessing methane gas at its landfill. Now, city officials are hoping to turn the Falls Lake Dam into a power plant. It would be small, generating electricity for just a few hundred homes. But it could also be profitable.<br> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 09:00:00 +0000 Dave DeWitt 3425 at http://wunc.org