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Little Alamance Creek stream enhancement
Alamance County

After initiating a local watershed plan for the area, EEP and the City of Burlington went forward with a 2,600 linear-foot restoration project in a popular city park.  The stream is a tributary of Haw River, which flows into Jordan Lake, an important drinking-water source for the region.
 
The goals of the project focused on improving water quality, weakening flood events and restoring aquatic habitat.  A stormwater treatment system was installed for surface runoff treatment, and sedimentation through bank erosion is combated through a reconstruction of the stream channel and planting of a new vegetative buffer.
 
Upon completion of the project in spring 2012, the city hosted a ribbon cutting that featured remarks by N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources Assistant Secretary David Knight.  State Sen. Rick Gunn of Burlington was a special guest at the ceremony.
 

Completion: 2012 

Stream Wetland and Buffer Restoration:

EEP projects restore, enhance and preserve wetlands and waterways across the state. Goals include improving water quality, enhancing wildlife habitat, filtering pollutants, slowing floodwaters and reducing sedimentation and erosion.

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The N.C. Ecosystem Enhancement Program's mission is to restore and protect North Carolina’s natural resources for future generations while supporting responsible economic development.

EEP utilizes receipts from its programs to restore streams and wetlands where the need is greatest by working with state and local partners, including willing landowners. The N.C. Department of Transportation and other developers voluntarily use EEP to move projects forward in a timely and affordable manner.

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