Silver Creek Stream Restoration
Burke County, NC
EMH&T worked with Wetlands Resource Center to provide environmental engineering and project documentation for a stream restoration project awarded by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP). The work involved restoration and enhancement of approximately 4,500 linear feet along Silver Creek and an unnamed tributary in the Catawba River Basin. EMH&T developed a restoration plan, including a detailed analysis of existing stream conditions and specific strategies to improve the channels using natural channel design methodologies. Restoration re-established geomorphologic features consistent with natural stream channel characteristics via in-stream structures that provided grade control, streambank stabilization and aquatic habitat features. Restoration reconnected project stream channels to functional floodplains with extensive riparian plantings. The goal for the streams was to restore the physical and biological integrity beyond existing impaired conditions. EMH&T provided annual post-construction monitoring services for five years in order to assess the condition of the restored streams and habitat development along the associated riparian corridor.