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Chavis Park stream restoration
Wake County

 In cooperation with the City of Raleigh, this 2,500-foot stream project restored a section of Garner Branch in Chavis Park.  A tributary of Walnut Creek, a 303(d)-listed (degraded or threatened) stream, the tributary had experienced severe bank erosion as a result of urban runoff and, as a result, contributed large sediment loads to Walnut Creek. 

The project restored a degraded, incised urban stream to a stable condition, restored woody vegetation to the riparian buffer, reduced sediment input to the creek from eroding banks and improved the recreational opportunities in this city park.  The project also helped to improve the aesthetic quality of the stream as it flows through Chavis Park.  The initiative complemented EEP’s work to restore another tributary of Walnut Creek in Raleigh’s Kentwood Park.
 
Constructed: 2002
Closeout: 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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