Chowan Healthy Waters Initiative
While most public and private resources are dedicated to restoring impaired waters, the preservation of high quality waters is one of the most cost-effective ways to lower drinking water costs, provide protection against storms and floods, and maintain habitat for fish and game species. Identification of these pristine waters is a necessary first step in the ultimate preservation of these valuable areas.
APNEP is working with a bi-state team composed of representatives from Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia's Department of Conservation and Recreation, the N.C. Division of Water Quality, and the N.C. Natural Heritage Program to identify and protect the healthiest waters and watersheds of the Chowan River Basin. This work will include surveys of rivers and streams throughout the Chowan Basin, as well as the integration of available data from both states.
In conjunction with other conservation tools, this effort promises to provide state and local officials with the information necessary to protect their most valuable natural resources. In addition, this effort provides the foundation for further bi-state collaboration efforts as team members integrate various data sources (Virginia and North Carolina share seven river basins).