This project provided an example of an effectively constructed stream restoration and a permanent conservation easement retrofitted onto an intensively farmed agricultural land. This project, carried out on a stream listed as impaired for aquatic life uses, was able to merge mitigation goals and farming needs while achieving permanent functional improvements to more than 10,000 linear feet of Newfound Creek and tributaries.
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.
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.