Water - But Not Too Much - for Valley Branch
(pg 3 of 5)
Concern over Valley Branch Creek boils down to
First, where will drinking water come from?
Woodbury proposed to meet the water demands of its
burgeoning population by drilling a cluster of 13
wells near the headwaters of Valley Branch.
Planners and citizens soon realized, however, that
pumping such a large volume of water could lower
the aquifer and reduce the flow of cold groundwater
into Valley Branch Creek-the very water that allows
trout to survive.
Second, where will stormwater go? Rainwater runs
quickly from paved surfaces. Studies have shown
that when impervious surfaces such as roofs and
roads make up more than 10 percent of a watershed,
streams degrade quickly.