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Upper South Hominy Creek stream restoration
Buncombe County

The Upper South Hominy Creek project provides an example of how a thoughtfully designed and carefully constructed project can result in maximum functional uplift with a low-impact approach. The project is also a good example of interagency cooperation (EEP and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission) on a mitigation project in trout waters in a developing farming area outside Asheville, and how EEP's extensive livestock farm plan will improve water quality through the installation of wells, drinkers, and exclusion fencing for a variety of livestock.  

Other valuable aspects of the project were the extensive removal of streamside invasive vegetation, and the removal of a long culvert and parallel reintroduction (“daylighting”) of a small riparian tributary.  The project is located in EEP’s South Hominy Creek Local Watershed Plan area.
 
Completed: December 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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