Results and Accomplishments
Experts have praised the program, saying that establishing buffers on the streams flowing into the river is the leading priority for enhancing overall water quality for the river and its lakes. Buffers are very effective in absorbing sediment and other pollutants say authorities. Capturing impurities – long before they reach the lakes – has a significant impact on the ultimate quality of the water.
What Others Have Said About The Program
“This represents bold leadership in the area of natural resources conservation. Protection of riparian buffers is certainly aesthetically pleasing, but this offers so much more in terms of improving the water quality and protecting wildlife habitat on one of our major Piedmont rivers. All of our citizens, homeowners and industries will benefit. I would like to thank Crescent Resources for their leadership in making this donation. It significantly enhances the quality of life in upper
South Carolina .”
Former Governor Jim Hodges,
“This initiative will provide permanent protection for important river resources … It includes riparian forests, riparian wetlands, zones of emergent vegetation, and therefore important wildlife habitats of songbirds, amphibians, reptiles, wood ducks, wading birds and fish nursery areas. It also helps protect soils, water quality and natural shoreline vegetation.”
South Carolina Wildlife Federation, 2001 Industrial Award presented to Crescent Resources, LLC
“The primary way you can have a positive impact on the quality of water in lakes and rivers is protecting the streams flowing into them. By protecting headwater creeks and streams with buffers, you eliminate and greatly reduce many non-point sources of pollutants from our surface waters, thereby greatly enhancing the quality of our rivers and lakes downstream. The effort by Crescent to place permanent buffers on close to 200 miles of stream banks will help ensure the water quality of the
Catawba River and its lakes for generations to come.
Duncan Newkirk, President, Newkirk Environmental Inc.