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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 >>

An unlikely alliance grows to oppose the creation of the Cane Creek reservoir

By the time of the second meeting with OWASA, a grassroots opposition to the Cane Creek reservoir was growing. Johnson describes the unlikely alliance between members of a diverse community and the legal steps they took to try to stop the project. Johnson, who seems to have learned a lot of legal intricacies as an activist, describes how he and others tried to deny OWASA the right to regulate water flow and to force them to file an environmental impact statement. OWASA responded by petitioning for condemnation authority, which was granted and denied by various courts. Johnson says the issue is "still out there" but seems to think the risk is over.

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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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