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Town of Fletcher
Meritor Heavy Vehicle Equipment LLC
 
HDR Inc. (design)
Buchanan & Sons Inc. (construction)
 

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Fletcher-Meritor stream and wetland restoration
Henderson County

This project involved restoring 4,288 linear feet of two tributaries of Cane Creek to their natural meandering state, planting a native riparian corridor along the streams and restoring 6.7 acres of wetlands adjacent to the tributaries. The restoration project involved property originally owned by Meritor Heavy Vehicle Equipment, LLC.
 
The upper portion of the stream and wetland restoration project is on land conveyed to the Town of Fletcher for recreation use. The lower portion of the stream is located on property which Meritor owned and donated to the state, facilitating the implementation of the restoration project. The cooperation of Meritor in working with the state is an example of good corporate citizenship and improving the ecosystem at the plant site. The goal of the project is to improve local water quality and restore aquatic and riparian habitat, as well as an environmental education opportunity to the community.  

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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