The preservation of our liberty depends in part on our ability to preserve our property rights. That is why the issue that most seriously jeopardizes our liberty is the river buffers issue. New legislation enacted in 2001 temporarily limits Catawba River Basin property owners' use of their land that falls into a "buffer zone" - a 50-foot strip of undeveloped land that surrounds rivers, lakes, or streams. Under the new regulation, property owners are prohibited, or severely limited as to how this buffer zone may be used. Farming, grazing, or adding on to a property owner's land within the buffer zone is either strictly regulated or altogether prohibited. In 2003, a vote will be taken to permanently enforce the temporary buffer zones within the Catawba River basin.