Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District
The conservation program for the Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District is governed by a five member board of supervisors. The Board is charged by NC law with the responsibility of planning and carrying out conservation activities which will best conserve, protect and enhance the natural resources of Franklin County. Three of the board seats are elected on the general ballot as non-partisan candidates during the regular election of county officers. Two members are appointed by the State Soil & Water Conservation Commission in Raleigh.
District board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 9:00 am in the district conference room.
District supervisors and local district staff work closely with county, state and federal governments, as well as private organizations to carry out comprehensive state and federal conservation programs related to water quality practices, sustaining working lands and open spaces, wetlands restoration and wildlife habitat enhancement.
Technical assistance for all types of conservation issues is available through the District at no cost. Financial assistance is available to qualified landowners through state and federal 'cost share' programs and enables the installation and implementation of approved Best Management Practices (BMP's) on their land.
Please contact us for more information about ways the local District can serve you!
Here are just a few more 'conservation' thoughts and ideas -
What is a 'Best Management Practice' (BMP)? BMP's are effective, practical, structural or nonstructural methods which prevent or reduce the movement of sediment, nutrients, pesticides and other pollutants from the land to surface or ground water, therefore protecting the water quality of our local streams, rivers and creeks. They are developed to help achieve a balance between water quality protection and production of agricultural crops within natural and economic limitations.
Consider installing a rain barrel or a cistern! Cisterns and rain barrels are great ways to collect water for watering your garden and potted plants. Rain barrels can be purchased (or built) which will collect between 25-100 gallons of of surface water (rainwater) runoff eliminating the need to use your well water or city water source. Cisterns are designed to hold over 100 gallons of surface water and require a large amount of roof top area for maximum effectiveness.
Build a rain garden! Rain Gardens are designed to catch excessive rainwater and and slowly release it through the soil, thereby filtering pollutants and sediment before it washes into storm drains into our creeks, rivers & streams.
Did you know that it takes over 500 years to create one inch of topsoil? The sad thing is that it takes only a few minutes to destroy that same layer of topsoil. That's one reason why land developers must adhere to strict sediment and erosion guidelines. Farmers and landowners are encouraged to install best management practices to help protect the topsoil and eliminate the negative effect of sediment running into our streams.
Why do we need to be careful and protect our water? Water is a non-renewable resource. The water we have on earth today is the same water that's been on earth for millions of years. We use water everyday for a variety of our needs - drinking, to be at the top of the list... but also for wildlife, recreation, industrial use, sanitation, etc. We need to protect the water we have because we won't be getting any more. Life is dependent on clean, reliable sources of drinking water. It's up to us to protect it for our children, grandchildren and generations to come.
Water bodies in North Carolina are monitored by the NC Division of Water Quality. They do a series of tests to determine if the water quality in a stream is being compromised. If a stream is being comprised, it becomes listed as 'Impaired/Impacted' and goes on the NC Division of Water Quality's 303-d Impaired/Impacted Stream List.
There are currently four streams in Franklin County on this list -
Tar River Basin:
Sandy Creek - Located from NC 401 to Flat Rock Creek. Reason it's on the list - Aquatic life (Benthos)
Cedar Creek - Located- From Franklinton Branch to Tar River. Reason it's on the list - Aquatic life (Turbidity)
Crooked Creek - Located- From source to the Tar River. Reason it's on the list - Aquatic life (Turbidity)
Neuse River Basin:
Moccasin Creek - Located - From source to Contentnea Creek - Reason it's on the list - Aquatic life (low dissolved oxygen)
It's in your hands.... can you make a difference??