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Howell Woods wetland restoration
Johnston County

EEP participated in the development of a portion of an innovative environmental education center with this project, the 2,800-acre Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center at Johnston Community College. 

The 140-acre Neuse River basin project restored an existing bottomland hardwood wetland slough system by filling an excavated canal that had been dug to drain adjacent agricultural areas and diverting the flow into the slough.  The project also raised the water table on the project site to natural levels, thereby restoring and enhancing the natural hydrology of the wetland system.
 
Completion: 2002

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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