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Newfound Creek stream restoration
Buncombe County

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's farm-management plan and implementation on the site resulted in the installation of more than 20 livestock drinkers, several wells and thousands of feet of livestock exclusion fencing. In addition, the earthwork, grading and native tree plantings all along the main stem reduced the impacts of non-organic tomato farming into the future. The project restored, enhanced and preserved stream functions, reforested a natural riparian buffer; excluded cattle from the streams; provided alternative water sources; and is protected in perpetuity by a conservation easement.
 
Completion: 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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