On Aug. 25, the Orange Water and Sewer Authority board of directors approved the use of this land, which is owned by OWASA, for the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.
Greg Feller, the public affairs administrator at OWASA, said the organization Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail first wrote to OWASA about using this land in November 2009.
The agenda from the meeting of the OWASA board of directors in December 2009 included a letter from Kate Dixon, executive director of the Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, in which she said the proposed trail route in Orange County follows Cane Creek through the OWASA Reservoir.
Dixon said in an email the trail was proposed in 1977 by former Chapel Hill Mayor Howard N. Lee.
“The trail is special because North Carolina is such a diverse and beautiful state,” Dixon said. “Following the trail 1,150 miles from the great Smokies to the Outer Banks provides an extraordinary way to experience and learn about North Carolina.”
In the OWASA board meetings on June 23 and Aug. 25 of this year, the board heard comments from Hillsborough resident Bob Johnson and others, according to a press release from OWASA.
Johnson wrote to the OWASA board on June 29 to address the concerns of the community.
Johnson said in an email that he wrote the letter to help the board make a decision.