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Simmons Street/Jack Smith Creek stormwater wetland
Craven County

The Simmons Street/Jack Smith Creek stormwater wetland project is a collaboration among the City of New Bern, N.C State University, the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund and EEP. The urban wetland will have the ability to capture and treat runoff from more than 1,000 acres of residential and commercial property.
 
Simmons Street/Jack Smith Creek is an approximately 42-acre project –- among the largest stormwater retrofits built in the state -- that includes wetland creation, enhancement and preservation and construction of a multi-cell stormwater wetland. The site also will be used by N.C. State University as a wetland research park, and the Clean Water Management Trust Fund provided a grant to the City of New Bern for a stormwater pump station on the site. 
 

Completion: 2013 

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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