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Alleghany County Soil & Water Conservation District, Town of Sparta, Alleghany County Planning Dept., N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, N.C. Dept. of Transportation, Blue Ridge Rural Land Trust, N.C. State University Cooperative Extension Service, High Country Council of Governments, National Committee for the New River, N.C. Division of Water Quality, Blue Ridge Resource Conservation & Development Council, N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund, WK Dickson, Inc.

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Little River and Brush Creek Local Watershed Plan
Alleghany County

EEP initiated this planning effort in 2003 and a preliminary watershed characterization followed in 2004.  Initially focusing on the Little River watershed, the Brush Creek watershed was added to the study area, creating an LWP area of approximately 111 square miles. The Watershed Management Plan was completed in 2007, focusing on the Bledsoe Creek priority subwatersheds and stormwater management recommendations for the Town of Sparta.
 
Despite historically good water quality conditions, past and ongoing land use activities threaten the quality of aquatic resources within these two local watersheds. The conversion of agricultural lands to residential/commercial uses increases the potential impact of key watershed stressors, such as impervious surfaces and degraded stream buffers. Several stormwater best management practices identified in the area were funded by the state using the plan as leverage.  EEP has implemented or is planning a total of six stream and wetland mitigation projects within the LWP area.

Local Watershed Plans:

EEP uses watershed planning to identify the best locations to implement stream, wetland and riparian-buffer restoration. The planning process considers where mitigation is needed and how EEP's mitigation efforts might contribute to the improvement of water and habitat quality in the state.

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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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