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City of Kinston

N.C. Department of Transportation
Appalachian Environmental (construction)
Ko & Associates, Axiom Environmental, Wolf Creek Engineering (design)
 
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Adkin Branch stream restoration
Lenior County

After the devastation of Hurricane Floyd hit Kinston in 1999, the federal government provided funding for acquisition of properties with structures, which became city-owned.  EEP worked with the city to acquire the easements on the city-owned parcels and with landowners to acquire easements on privately-owned parcels necessary for stream restoration. 
 
Project goals included reconnecting the stream to its floodplain, and/or establishing a new floodplain at a lower elevation; improving bank stability, sediment transport and aquatic habitat; reducing flooding problems; stabilizing and enhancing the small drainages that enter the site; establishing a riparian-buffer zone to minimize sediment/nutrient inputs; retrofitting direct stormwater discharges with sand filters to treat stormwater; and public outreach and education. The project included about two miles of stream restoration and about 40 acres of buffer restoration.
 

Completion: 2010 

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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