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 the projects we’ve supported, and how you can get involved.