If there is one thing that connects people in the Catawba Valley, it is the creeks and streams that run through the valley. What is particularly special about the waters that run through the valley is that they reach millions of lives downstream. The Catawba Valley is in the headwaters region for two major tributaries – the Upper James River which feeds into the Chesapeake Bay and the Catawba Creek which feeds into the Roanoke River and the Albemarle Sound (see Our Valley – Water for more information).
There are many people in the valley who feel it is their responsibility to make sure they care for the streams and the waters that run through their land. That sense of responsibility is what led to what members of Catawba Landcare call “streamcare” — or simply caring for our creeks and streams. Under the banner of Streamcare, more than 2 miles of the banks of the North Fork of the Roanoke River have been re-vegetated and are on their way to being restored!