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High Vista stream restoration
Buncombe and Henderson counties

Following coordination with local partners, a stream-restoration project stabilized 3,500 linear feet of County Line Creek up to its headwaters. The restoration plan called for re-shaping eroding banks, installing grade control structures and establishing a riparian buffer along the entire reach. 

The watershed had been used for a dairy farm operation for 60 years, and the impacts of livestock, development and a lack of riparian buffer were evident in the unstable stream. More recently, a golf course and housing developments had replaced the dairy and further encroached on the stream. The objective of the project was to design alterations to the stream reach to increase long-term stability and create a more functional riparian ecosystem.
 
Completion: 2002
Closeout: 2011

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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