EEP Project Manager: Harry Tsomides
The UT (unnamed tributary) to Crab Creek project reflects a successful multi-agency, multi-stakeholder stream and wetland restoration effort in the Northern Mountains ecoregion that couples local watershed planning goals and partner-agency interests on an EEP mitigation project. A unique focus of this project was aimed at expanding and improving Southern Appalachian bog turtle habitat as part of the wetland restoration component. Project highlights include:
By enhancing and preserving riparian buffers to a headwater trout stream, and improving aquatic and terrestrial habitat along the project stream corridor, the project is addressing the two most significant problems adversely affecting water quality in the watershed: degradation of riparian habitat and sedimentation.
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.
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.