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Orange County Department of Environment, Agriculture, Parks & Recreation
Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (design)
Fluvial Solutions (construction)
N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Boy Scout Troop 438, Hillsborough
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Stillhouse Creek stream restoration
Orange County

Working with local, state and federal partners, EEP restored 1,200 feet of Stillhouse Creek, a tributary to the Eno River in a Targeted Local Watershed of the Upper Neuse River basin.  Located at a county park in downtown Hillsborough, the creek featured unstable banks and had experienced significant erosion that threatened a road crossing and the foundation of one municipal building.
 
The restoration created a more natural meander and a sustainable stream channel; improved the quality of in-stream habitat; and established a thriving native riparian buffer that improves streambank habitat and increases nutrient absorption.  The Stillhouse Creek restoration site has been adopted by Boy Scout Troop 438, which has volunteered to maintain the area, monitor water quality and perform planting.
 

Closed out: 2012                            

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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