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Stone Mountain State Park stream restoration
Wilkes County

The East Prong of the Roaring River was modified for agricultural purposes and was relocated several times during gravel mining operations prior to the purchase of the present Stone Mountain State Park by the state. The changes led to stream instability such as channel incision and stream bank failure, which further degraded water quality and aquatic habitat. 

The restoration project on the East Prong was nearly two miles in length, including the construction of approximately 6,000 feet of meandering new channel. Rock structures also enhanced fish and other aquatic species habitat throughout the length of the project.  The restoration reduced stream bank erosion, improved aquatic and terrestrial habitat within stream corridor, restored floodplain functions and continues to educate visitors about natural stream design.
 
Completion: 2000
Closed out: 2009

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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