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Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative; Clean Water Management Trust Fund; Duke Marine Lab; N.C. State University Cooperative Extension Service, School of Design and College of Biological and Agricultural Engineering; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Section 319 Program; N.C. Sea Grant; and N.C. Shellfish Sanitation Division.
 
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UT to Jumping Run Creek wetland restoration
Carteret County

The Jumping Run Creek project resulted from a cooperative effort among state and federal agencies (as well as private industry) to work toward water quality improvement.  The donation of property by the Carteret-Craven Electric Cooperative made the project possible. 
 
Historically, pollutants from the watershed’s stormwater runoff had affected shellfish waters.  Since 1974, these estuarine waters had been closed to shellfishing because of high fecal coliform concentrations.  The wetland project was designed to capture and retain stormwater flows from the watershed and pass the flow through a restored forested wetland system.  As a result, nutrient loading in the estuarine system would be reduced, contributing to the effort to reopen shellfish water and providing educational opportunities on the importance of wetlands for water quality.
 
Completion: 2000
Closeout: 2007

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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