South Mountain Headwaters: Catawba Basin Watershed Protection Project

Foothills Conservancy of NC, Connelly Springs, NC

This project will permanently protect 2,213-acres of water supply watershed lands adjoining the South Mountains State Park at the headwaters of the Henry Fork & Jacob Fork rivers through fee acquisition by the land trust and state park, & management for public use.

Counties Impacted:

  • Burke County (directly)
  • Catawba
  • Lincoln
  • Gaston
  • Mecklenburg (indirectly)

​ Watershed protection in the Catawba River Basin is important for keeping our creeks, streams, rivers and lakes clean, and for maintaining abundant water supplies for all users.  A grant from Duke Energy's Water Resources Fund was critical to the success of this partnership project between Foothills Conservancy and NC State Parks.

- Andrew Kota, Associate Director



The Water Resource Fund from Duke Energy is a multiyear, $10 million commitment to protect and restore waterways in the Carolinas and neighboring states. Learn more about all 86 of the projects we’ve supported so far, and how you can get involved.