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Land near Falls Lake bought for park, watershed protection

Posted November 20, 2013

— Raleigh, Durham and Durham County are jointly acquiring 134 acres in Durham County for watershed protection for Falls Lake and for a park, officials said Wednesday.

The Raleigh City Council voted Tuesday to approve the acquisition. The city will put $250,000 toward the $2.3 million acquisition.

The property is located off Southview Road and drains into Lick Creek, which flows into Falls Lake. Up to 15 acres of the property will be set aside for a park to be operated by Durham and Durham County.

Falls Lake is the primary source of drinking water for Raleigh, Garner, Wake Forest, Rolesville, Knightdale, Wendell and Zebulon.

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  • bacchianm Nov 22, 9:19 a.m.

    Too bad the Republican-led state general assembly didn't step up to bat and take care of this for us. But remembering their 2013 legislation to end the protection of Lake Jordan water quality, it's obvious that anything wise, positive, or helpful from them is extremely unlikely.
    ILoveDowntownRaleigh

    Maybe they could have plucked money from the money tree that Democrats seem to think exists in the General Assembly? Better yet, they could have taken money away from education or medicaid for this? Or how about this, the cities pay their fair share so there could be a little more money for education and medicaid. The City of Raleigh and every other city out there should finance the acquisition and up keep of their own water supplies and not depend on the State or the Feds for every morsel.

  • ILoveDowntownRaleigh Nov 21, 5:55 p.m.

    Wise and excellent move by the City of Raleigh.

    Too bad the Republican-led state general assembly didn't step up to bat and take care of this for us. But remembering their 2013 legislation to end the protection of Lake Jordan water quality, it's obvious that anything wise, positive, or helpful from them is extremely unlikely.

  • RustyDawg Nov 21, 12:25 p.m.

    Durham should be building a wastewater treatment plant on this property so tax paying land owners in eastern Durham Co. can develop and build on their land. Funny how Wake Co. has developed right up to and in some cases over the county line in this area.

  • Bill Brasky Nov 21, 9:07 a.m.

    "It's always interesting to see what liberal politicians always find money for as opposed to those things they cry poor over!"

    Do you really feel that "conserving" our water supply and watershed is a liberal issue? I got a big laugh out of that one, it almost as if you used the world Liberal without any knowledge of what it actually means.

  • crkeehn Nov 21, 8:46 a.m.

    @Phyxius 1 - Perhaps to protect the watershed that provides the water that we drink.

  • yankee1 Nov 20, 6:42 p.m.

    It's always interesting to see what liberal politicians always find money for as opposed to those things they cry poor over!

  • Phyxius1 Nov 20, 6:34 p.m.

    So Raleigh is footing $250,000 so that means City and County of Durham are footing the other 2 million 5 hundred thousand?? Why the joint buy by Raleigh if its in Durham County?

  • tomfoolery Nov 20, 4:58 p.m.

    Something strange here...