The coastal-marsh restoration project became part of the development of an environmental education center at the site of a decommissioned wastewater treatment plant adjacent to Wilson Bay in Jacksonville. A total of 5.5 acres of coastal marsh and two tidal creeks were restored, filtering runoff from the surrounding urban area.
Project goals included reducing nutrient and stormwater inputs to estuarine waters; stabilizing the shoreline through restoration of native vegetation; improving the natural aesthetics of estuarine marsh; enhancing wildlife habitat; and educating visitors about the importance of coastal wetlands. This project, carried out in two phases, represented a successful cooperative effort between government at both the state and local levels. An array of environmental, education and civic programs is carried out at the facility.
Construction Completed: Phase 1-2001; Phase 2-2003
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.