Mission Statement: by Molly Davis
Preserving the Vision (PSV) was established to address issues that relate to the preservation of open space public lands for recreation and the protection and preservation of historical and culturally significant sites. The organization has three primary areas of interest: Boulder Open Spaces, Princeville Flood Relief, in North Carolina, and restoration of the ecosystem and cultural resources of the Fjord of Furore, Italy.
Princeville Flood Relief
Preserving the Vision was formed to preserve and protect sites that have important relationships to American history and culture. The Organization is focused on ensuring the survival of historically meaningful lands and property that have historical and cultural significance. Specifically, the Firm is intent on rebuilding the town of Princeville, North Carolina which was destroyed by flooding from Hurricane Matthew in October of 2016.
Princeville is the first municipality in the United States incorporated by former slaves. The town is subject to severe flooding from the adjacent Tar River during hurricane and storm events.
The town of Princeville suffered multiple flood events over the years and in 1967, the Army Corps of Engineers built a levee along the Tar River to address the frequent and severe flooding. The levee reduced flood risk until Hurricane Floyd in 1999. As a result of the catastrophic flooding from Hurricane Floyd, President Clinton issued Executive Order 13146 because of the unique historic and cultural importance of Princeville in American history. The Executive Order was intended to support the future of Princeville and its citizens and mobilize Federal, State and local governments to repair and rebuild Princeville and to protect Princeville from future floods.
Boulder's Open Spaces
Boulder Colorado has a vast connection of protected lands which were protected by the citizens in the 1960's in a response to concern over urban sprawl, the need for local foods, to protect the vision of beautiful viewsheds as well as a host of other reason. It eventually became the Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) of the City of Boulder.
Our founder, Molly Davis for Preserving the Vision.org was a member of the OSMP Board of Trustees for the years 2013-2018. This council appointed board had a great deal of influence and power over the governing of the management of native lands and as she sat on the board she became more and more interested in protecting the rights of the people also who supported this initiative to protect and honor the history.
Molly was on the board when the epic flood event happened in Boulder in 2013. She personally lost hundreds of thousands of dollars of loss, and it eventually became the reason that she had to sell her home to survive the staggering financial implications that were the result of the catastrophe. Becasue of her loss, she became interested in other communities losses as well and began to take up the cause of helping people understand the red tape of government and wade through the chaos, that so confounds the process.
Restoration of the Fjord of Furore
The Fjord of Furore is located along the Amalfi Coast in Italy. It has become increasingly polluted over the last 30-40 years. The Fjord is actually a river delta in which water drains down into it from the canyon above. The cheese making village of Agerola is located upstream and dumped sewage directly into the stream prior to 1980 when a pipeline was installed. Unfortunately, the pipeline failed to resolve the problem, and the ground water and ecosystem of the Fjord are badly contaminated.
The extent of contamination needs to be determined, and restorative measures need to be implemented. Preserving the Vision intends to implement a project to identify damage to historic structures, water quality and damage to the ecosystem, resulting in an environmental impact study. This study will then be used to obtain funding and support on a world wide scale to restore the Fjord to its pre-1980s condition with clean water and a healthy seaside ecosystem, with the support of local residents along the Amalfi coastline.