We got off the river last month and took a closer look at some hidden threats the Yadkin RiverKeeper keeps a close monitor on in efforts to keep our water source clean. We were given permission to shoot in an abandoned chicken houses that are now re-purposed to house young cows and honeybee hives where they are given more protection from the weather in colder months.
Poultry farms such as this one, produce tons of manure a year, and with that large amounts of nitrogen and phosphates, which often seep into the watershed when applied to farm fields for fertilizer. This can pollute the river and its tributaries
Along with taking water samples near these farms, Riverkeepers also try and build good relationships with cattle farmers and promote projects to fence in farmland and install wells for water in efforts to prevent cattle to going to the river for water. Cows defecating into the water is not the main issue to the river. Bank erosion from the cows going to the water, creates silt in the river.