RIVERKEEPER REPORTS: Neuse River

N.C. State Rep. John Bell, county commissioners, city council, firefighters and many others turned out for the presentation to North Carolina Land and Water Fund staffer.

Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop turned up for the Town of Seven Springs on Thursday, as the town pitched funding needs to North Carolina Land and Water Fund staffers.

Since 1996, the Land and Water Fund, formerly known as the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, has conserved more than half a million acres and protected or restored 3,000 miles of streams and rivers. NC Land and Water Fund grants have been used in all 100 N.C. counties to help ensure clean drinking water, protect natural habitat and preserve natural and cultural resources.

The Town of Seven Springs is seeking funding to assist with aging sewer infrastructure and flood risk management, as well as opportunities to promote the history of the town and the mineral springs that once drew visitors in droves. During recent hurricanes, Seven Springs has suffered from historic flooding.

“They really brought the whole town out for the presentation,” Sam said. “And they’ve got some really cool ideas.”