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Group calls Little River endangered

Posted June 2, 2010

— An environmental group included the Little River in eastern Wake County among its annual list of America's Most Endangered Rivers.

American Rivers ranked Little River No. 4 on its list, issued Wednesday, because of Raleigh's plans to dam it to create a reservoir for the municipal water system.

The group maintains the $250 million dam and reservoir would submerge 1,150 acres of river habitat and destroy sensitive wetlands to provide 13.7 million gallons of drinking water per day.

"The community has worked hard to protect and restore the Little River through dam removal, historic preservation and conservation planning. It would be a crime for us to sacrifice such a beautiful and unique resource without first doing everything in our power to find viable alternatives,” Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Alissa Bierma said in a statement.

The Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation protects, restores and preserves the Neuse River basin, which includes Little River, through education, advocacy and enforcement of regulations.

Bierma said a water efficiency program could provide more water for less money to the municipal water system.


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  • rudycreech Jun 2, 2010

    I have lived in Johnston county for almost all of my 59 years. I have seen the fishing and the wet lands destroyed on the little river here because of the removal of the dams. We used to travel by boat up and down the river fishing and site seeing. Now since two dams in Johnston county have been removed the little river has gone from a beautiful river to a small almost non flowing little creek. The wet lands above where the dams were is now beginning to dry up and a lot of ducks and fish and other wildlife have lost their habitat. Where does this destruction End. Now you have destroyed our fishing and beauty they want to build another dam in Wake County for them to have water and a wonderful place for them to enjoy and to fish. I do not think anyone else should dam up the little river for an reason. Wake county already has a lot of reservoiurs close by thet can use. Please do not let them do any more destruction to our native river here.
    Thank you
    Rudy F. Creech

  • rudycreech Jun 2, 2010

    I have lived in Johnston county for all of my 59 years and I have seen many changes. The biggest desaster on destorying wet lands is on the little river. Before the dams were destroyed there was plenty of water and plenty of fish. Now the river is like a little tiny creek mkost of the time. Above the Laurel Mill dam in Johnston County there was a lot of wet lands that was a habitat for a lot of fish, Ducks and other wild life that depended on it. Now all those wet lands are dring up.You can nolonger fish this river unless you happen to find a hole or the river is up to where it is dangerious to put a boat on it. How can fish travel up a dried river to spawn which was suppose to be the reason for the Dam removal.

  • raggy116 Jun 2, 2010

    I think the only reason they have been taking out the other dams is so Wake can keep building them for themselves.