The Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative
This is a reminder that everyone is downstream from somewhere.
Where people of color have changed the course of culture and conservation
The Neuse River basin is the third largest river basin in North Carolina (6,235 square miles) and is one of only four major river basins whose boundaries are located entirely within the state. Within this watershed lie 3,389 freshwater stream miles, 17,902 acres of freshwater reservoirs and lakes, 143 saltwater stream miles, and 370,779 estuarine/saltwater acres. It provides drinking water to the fastest growing population in the state who rely on its health for their own survival.
The Spoke’n Revolutions youth will ride through conserved lands protected through the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative. This collaboration between Triangle Land Conservancy, Conservation Trust for North Carolina, the City of Raleigh and others brings together the need for clean water, the filtration power of the undeveloped land, and the funding to enable action. Riding through beautiful farmland and stately forests the riders will learn what makes these environments crucial safeguards for drinking water and meet some of the people putting policy into action.
Riders will get a glimpse of two important nature preserves, Brumley and Walnut Hill and journey past historic sites, field, and forest that help filter our water along its course. Then they’ll follow the Neuse River as it flows on through small towns and rolling countryside. Through historic sites where people of color changed the course of culture and conservation. Through backyards where environmental justice was born.
This unique path of North Carolina’s past present and future will eventually lead to the Pamlico Sound. There people’s livelihood depends on the quality of the water that reaches the coast from the river and many spend careers studying the downstream impacts of upstream actions.