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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Edward S. Johnson, October 28, 1985. Interview K-0012. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Political squabbling over water use

This excerpt reveals some of the political bickering and procedural details of finding or creating a supply of drinking water. When UNC blocked the expansion of University Lake, the Cane Creek movement looked to Jordan Lake. But this initiative met opposition, and experts offered differing opinions on the safety of the water. Political squabbling broke out between towns like Cary, Raleigh, and Pittsboro over distribution of the water—assuming it was drinkable. Meanwhile, Johnson and other members of the Cane Creek movement were hoping to move from forecasts to actual testing to see whether or not the water could be used.

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Oral History Interview with Edward S. Johnson, October 28, 1985. Interview K-0012. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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