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N.C. Coastal Federation
N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund
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Blue: Land, Water, Infrastructure, PA (design)
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Hammocks Beach State Park wetlands restoration
Onslow County

As an alternative to replacing a deteriorating bulkhead, a rock sill was placed along the shoreline and the marsh was established on the site at Hammocks Beach State Park.  In addition to restoring spawning habitat for estuarine fish species, the restoration provided a buffer between developed areas of the park and the estuary.

The project also serves as a demonstration site to educate the public about an alternative to traditional bulkheads for shoreline stabilization.  This project was successfully completed as a cooperative effort among EEP, the N.C. Coastal Federation, the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
 
Completion: 2000
Closeout: 2007

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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