The Lumber River is "outstandingly remarkable", part of North Carolina's Natural and Scenic River System and the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. These designations recognized its outstanding assets, protecting the Lumber River for the present and future benefit of its people.
The proposed revised Clean Water Rule threatens these protections, particularly for many of Robeson County's Carolina bays. Some contain water year-round, others do not. But if they don't have direct connection to a navigable waterway, they may not be protected from future development.