Wells, springs in need of protection

I live off Old Fort Road in the Spring Mountain community. My home is a log cabin built in the early 1890s from trees on the property. My water source is the original spring above the cabin. It is a gravity-flow water system from the spring down to the reservoir down to the cabin—no pumps etc. involved.

The spring’s output has diminished considerably over the past 24 years. When we bought the cabin and property in 1984, there was a bubbling, fast-flowing creek along one side of the cabin that you could hear at night as you fell asleep. On the other side was a smaller stream. Both of these emptied into and fed the pond in front of the cabin. At that time, the pond varied in depth from five feet at the bank to nine feet in the middle. It was stocked with fish and was home to frogs, ducks, blue heron and muskrats.

Over the years, I have seen major development in Fairview and significant changes in my property. There is no longer a stream with water flowing on one side of the cabin, and on the other side, the bubbling, fast-flowing creek is now a trickle. The pond’s water supply is almost nonexistent, and the pond is practically gone—becoming filled with unsightly reeds, weed and brush.

I am concerned with the impact of yet more proposed development in our Spring Mountain community. Our community’s water system is critical to all of us. I feel a public hearing is needed to address concerns regarding our streams, springs, wells and our water quality before The Cliffs [at High Carolina] proceeds with its proposed construction.

— Joan Hall

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