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Margaret Nygard, who died in 1995, was for thirty years a tireless fighter in protecting the Eno River Valley against urban encroachment and unsound environmental policies.
Rising in Orange County, the Eno River flows thirty miles before merging with the Flat and Little rivers to form the Neuse. Yet this small river has been fought over by developers who wanted to exploit it and environmentalists who wanted to preserve it. In 1965, Margaret Nygard helped organize the Association for the Preservation of the Eno River, a group that defeated every attempt to spoil the river. Today the Eno River State Park stands as a monument to their perseverance.