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Wilson Land Owners Worried About Water Expansion

Posted June 9, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— We expect clean water when we open the faucet, but what goes on before the water flows into the house is threatening to flood part of Nash County and some home owners are blaming Wilson County.

Wilson's city leaders plan to expand the Buckhorne Reservoir. The city's main source of water has come dangerously close to drying up during recent droughts according to Deputy City Manager Charles Pittman.

Landowner Philip Stone understands that, but doesn't understand why he has to be dragged into it.

Wilson is planning to condemn 82 acres Pittman owns in Nash County -- timberland he and his wife are using to pay for their retirement. He says he's been offered less than half of what it's worth.

If the plan goes through, this woodland will become a new home for the dwarf wedge mussel, the same animal that stopped expansion two years ago when it showed up in nearby creeks.

Reporter/Photographer:Brian Bowman