Ribbon-cutting ceremony at Reedy Creek Stream Restoration Project was a success

On June 4th, the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration Project stakeholders held an on-site ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the project’s successfully partnerships, environmental improvements, and community benefits. Check out the below slideshow of photos from this event.

About the project: Wildlands was selected to perform this first design-build project to generate stream and wetland mitigation units for the City of Charlotte Umbrella Stream and Wetland Mitigation Bank. This pilot project is located within the environmentally significant Reedy Creek Nature Preserve and involved the restoration of deeply incised, eroded stream channels to appropriately sized bankfull channels with access to a floodplain and preservation of existing high-quality streams and wetlands. The project consists of approximately 26,400 linear feet (LF) of stream restoration and 15,600 LF of stream preservation for a total of 25,974 stream mitigation credits. Approximately 1.0 wetland mitigation unit will be accomplished through enhancement and preservation of wetlands.

 

Wildlands’ Falling Creek Mitigation Site withstands 30” rainfall event during Hurricane Florence

Wildlands completed construction on the Falling Creek and Grantham Branch stream and wetland mitigation banks near Grantham, NC in March of 2018. In September of 2018, Hurricane Florence made landfall near Wilmington and slowly moved across the state shattering rainfall records throughout eastern NC. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported a rainfall total of 25 inches in nearby Mt. Olive, NC. Detailed records maintained by local hog farmers for their waste lagoons indicated that as much as 30 inches of rain fell on these two mitigation banks over a three-day period.  These two banks restored, enhanced, and preserved over 35,000 feet of stream and 320 acres of wetlands.  The hurricane only caused damage to two stream reaches, each under 500 feet. The damage was the result of streambank erosion from streams outside of the project that deposited within the project and filled these stream reaches. At the time of the damage, repairs were thought necessary but after a second assessment one month later, the streams appeared to be moving the sediment through the system and ‘self-repairing.’  Within three months, the damaged streams had returned to the as-built condition and no repairs were necessary.  This project serves as further evidence that when streams are restored to natural dimensions and pattern storm events dissipate energy properly within the channels and on the floodplains and are resistant to damage.  The below photos were taken in September 2018, after Hurricane Florence.

 

Falling Creek Mitigation Site
Falling Creek Mitigation Site
Falling Creek Mitigation Site

Hoosier Dam Removal Project is Complete

Wildlands was honored to be a part of the Hoosier Dam Removal project, which successfully removed a reinforced concrete dam that measured 235 feet long by 25 feet tall. As a result, the project reconnects designated critical habitat for the Cape Fear Shiner (a federally listed endangered species) and other species of concern on the Rocky River and Bear Creek within the Cape Fear River basin.

The dam removal project was completed courtesy of a NFWF grant. The project team included Unique Places, LLC, Wildlands Engineering, Schnabel Engineering, and New South Associates. Wildlands was responsible for the permitting, design, and construction oversight.

Read more about this project by clicking the following link: https://www.uniqueplacesllc.com/hoosier-dam-removal

(above video is courtesy of Unique Places, LLC)

Torrence Creek Stream Restoration at The Park – Huntersville

Check out this video that tells the story of restoring a portion of Torrence Creek at ‘The Park’ business park in Huntersville, NC. As the prime consultant, Wildlands Engineering provided assessment, design, permitting, natural channel design, hydraulic modeling, and bid phase assistance services.

CharlotteFive features the Chantilly Ecological Sanctuary

Wildlands Engineering has served as the lead engineering firm for the Chantilly Ecological Sanctuary project in Charlotte, NC.  Our team completed design, permitting, easement procurement, public meetings, construction services, and modeling services for over 9,000 linear feet of stream and two storm water quality Best Management Practices (BMPs).

 

What to know about the Chantilly Ecological Sanctuary, opening in September

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Cane River Dam Removal and Restoration Project is complete

Wildlands has recently completed work on the Cane River Dam Removal and Restoration Project. The Cane River dam was built in 1908 to generate hydroelectric power for Yancey County. The dam was a reinforced concrete structure measuring approximately 45 feet tall and spanning 245 feet across the valley. The dam and powerhouse were submerged during major floods in 1940 and the mid 1950’s. In the 1970’s, another significant flood caused even more damage and the dam was partially breached to prevent complete collapse. The dam was damaged again during Hurricanes Frances and Ivan in 2004 and remained in an unstable condition until the removal project came to fruition.

Under a design-build contract through Blue Ridge RC&D Council and in coordination with a group of stakeholders that includes the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Wildlands designed and Baker Grading & Landscaping constructed a dam removal and river restoration project for a one-half mile reach of river. The project goals included: removing the dam, powerhouse and much of the accumulated sediment; restoring river dimension, pattern and profile upstream and downstream of the dam; establishing robust riparian buffers; and restoring aquatic organism passage through the project reach. This reach of the Cane River is home to populations of the federally endangered Appalachian elktoe mussel and the Eastern hellbender, a state species of concern. The project design included wood and stone shelter structures and bed form modifications that support the life cycles of these animals and other native species. Construction was completed in October 2016.

Cane River Dam 1916 (1)
bank erosion before-edit
post const lkg downstream-edit
post const lkg upstream-edit

The South Ellerbe Stormwater Project Kicks Off

Wildlands is excited to be the lead design engineer and prime consultant for the 9-acre South Ellerbe Stormwater Project in Durham, NC. This project will not only be a wonderful community amenity, but it will remove up to 1000 pounds of nitrogen each year from Falls Lake. Watch the above video or CLICK HERE to learn more about the project.

Follow this project’s progress on the City of Durham’s project website: http://durhamnc.gov/1616

The next phase of our Reedy Creek Stream Restoration project gets approval.

On March 27, Charlotte City Council approved the next phase of the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration progressive design-build contract. The next phase of the contract will include construction and monitoring services. Reedy Creek is Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services‘ (CMSWS) first design-build contract and will deliver approximately 26,000 Stream Mitigation Units (SMUs) to the City’s Umbrella Stream and Wetland Mitigation Bank, while protecting and restoring streams in the Reedy Creek Nature Preserve and surrounding properties. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2017.  Learn more about the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration project by visiting: www.reedycreekrestoration.com

 

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Wildlands’ completes construction on Candy Creek Stream Mitigation Project.

Construction has recently been completed on Wildlands’ Candy Creek Stream Mitigation project in Guildford County, NC, south of the City of Reidsville. The project will provide 15,456 stream mitigation units (SMUs) on Candy Creek and nine of its tributaries in the Haw River Basin.The project will create significant ecological improvement through exclusion of cattle from the stream, restoration of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, and the removal of two farm ponds. The project will also decrease nutrient and sediment loads from the watershed by eliminating widespread, severe bank erosion, connecting the onsite streams to their floodplains, and restoring native riparian buffers. The project includes categorical exclusion documentation, existing conditions assessment, landowner coordination, conservation easement acquisition, stream restoration design, permitting, construction, and seven years of post-construction monitoring.

 

NC stream mitigation, stream restoration
NC stream restoration
NC stream mitigation, NC stream restoration