- Limiting housing density by restricting the maximum number of housing units per acre
- Limiting the built-upon area, or the amount of land covered by pavement and structures
- Maintaining natural vegetative buffers along streams
- Requiring engineered stormwater controls that trap sediment and other pollutants before reaching streams
Protected watersheds in Forsyth County include Salem Lake, Abbotts Creek, Lake Brandt, Oak Hollow, Kernersville Lake, and the Yadkin River. Each watershed is regulated according to State classifications.