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Brown Branch stream restoration
Caldwell County

The project is located northwest of Lenior within a rural area of the Blue Ridge foothills in the Catawba River basin.  The approximately mile-long restoration reach ends at the confluence of Brown Branch with Mulberry Creek.  The restoration was conceived as a demonstration project illustrating a variety of techniques that could be effective in a rural setting. 

 
The primary goals of the project were to restore the stream channel and reduce excessive amounts of sediment entering the system because of eroding stream banks; to re-establish a pool-riffle sequence to the stream reach to enhance aquatic habitat; and to improve habitat functions and aesthetic value of the riparian corridor by planting the buffer.
 
Completion: 2003
Closeout: 2008

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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