Burlington, EEP cut the ribbon at Little Alamance Creek
May 3, 2012 6:15 PM
With the snip of a pair of ceremonial scissors and hearty applause from about 50 onlookers, the city of Burlington and the Ecosystem Enhancement Program yesterday celebrated the enhancement of a portion of Little Alamance Creek flowing through City Park.
Speeches and a walking tour of the project marked the occasion on a warm spring morning before a gathering that included an environmental class from nearby Elon University and state Sen. Rick Gunn of Burlington. The enhancement project is designed to improve water quality and habitat in the creek and to lessen the effect of floodwaters on the park ecosystem.
"We are gathered here today on the bank of Little Alamance Creek to celebrate the culmination of a project that has resulted not only in the cultivation of a healthier stream, but also in a lasting collaborative relationship with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources," Mayor Ronnie Wall said. Wall also serves on the N.C. Board of Transportation, which funds a significant portion of EEP's budget for its mitigation needs.
NCDENR Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources David Knight -- a Burlington native whose parents looked on -- pointed out that "this project did not commence when the heavy machinery arrived last fall. There's more to it than that," referring to a stakeholder process beginning in 2006 to examine the health of the creek's watershed, along with two adjoining rural watersheds. "The key thing was to get everyone involved, and the city could not have proved to be a better partner."
EEP Project Manager Kristie Corson led the tour of the newly planted streamside buffer and a stormwater-retention structure. Photos below are by EEP's Jan Eason.