Strategy RC1.1: Protect land in the region's headwaters.
Targeted land acquisition is the most effective method to enhance water quality. Land protection should be directed toward properties that produce multiple benefits. Areas that protect water quality, provide recreational opportunities, preserve viewsheds, and provide habitat for endangered or endemic species should be highest-priority acquisition lands. In addition, permanently protecting lands in critical watersheds has financial benefits to local governments downstream, such as reducing the cost of treating drinking water.
Additional Information / Case Studies
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, a local land trust, has protected multiple tracts of land in Western North Caroling resulting in the protection of important headwaters. One example is the acquisition of The Robinson Rough Property. They have done this through the use of conservation easements and other tools.