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Water - But Not Too Much - for Valley Branch Creek
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Concern over Valley Branch Creek boils down to two issues:

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.

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