EEP Project Manager: Heather Smith
The project restored 7,109 linear feet of stream and 96 acres of wetlands along an unnamed tributary to Jumping Run Creek located in the Neuse River basin. Stream and wetland functions were impaired due to agricultural conversion and cattle grazing. Channelized ditches were filled and the stream was relocated in the historic valley topography to restore a Coastal Plain Small Stream Swamp system.
A braided headwater and single-thread meandering stream were constructed and reconnected to the historic floodplain. In-stream structures such as root wads and log vanes were installed to improve bank stability, bedform diversity and aquatic habitat. A conservation easement protects the site buffers in perpetuity.
The tract, formerly owned by the Rockefeller family, became a part of the newly created Carvers Creek State Park. The park is not open to the public at this time, but the project site will be available for public viewing once the park has officially opened.
Completion date: 2010
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.