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Thread Trail gets public boost

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Thread Trail project has received its largest public investment, a $3 million grant from The North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

Carolina Thread Trail will use the funds to create buffer lands beside rivers and streams in basins of the Catawba and Yadkin-PeeDee rivers. These buffer zones will provide a habitat for wildlife, filter pollution from runoff, and help fill the water table in the area.

The money will also be used to create greenway trails near the waterways.

Including the latest grant, the Carolina Thread Trail project has amassed $15 million towards its $25 million fundraising goal.

The project, created in the fall of 2007, is a planned greenway network that will stretch through the Carolinas.

With the Catawba Lands Conservancy as the lead agency, the project will be carried out locally through grants and private contributions.

The North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund was created by state lawmakers to issue grants to local governments, state agencies and nonprofits to address water pollution problems in the state.

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