Relevant Projects and Link
This section of our website is designated to important projects and links used throughout the course of our immersion.
Reference Project Links:
- The Stream and Wetland Assessment Park (SWAMP) restoration project was initiated by Duke University to provide clean water to the Upper Sandy Creek (a tributary of Cape Fear River) and to ecologically restore the streams running through campus. One waterway included in this is the 3150ft unnamed stream that runs by Campus Drive. Started in 2013, the restoration project took 5 months and included widening the channel, facilitating a more natural meander, raising the stream back to its floodplain, and introducing native species of oak and other flora to its buffer zones. Restorative success will be evaluated 3 years after its completion. The restoration of this stream will aid the larger SWAMP project in reducing the amount of sediment, pollution, and runoff that enters Jordan Lake.
Three descriptive links were provided for this project:
- THIRD FORK/FOREST HILLS CREEK STREAM RESTORATION
This is a restoration project confined to a small area much like Paul Quinn College. We looked into some proposed strategies to use for our project.
- Trinity River Corridor Project Plan
Ellerbe Creek Durham, NC
- Ellerbe Creek is a tributary of the Neuse River and runs for 20 miles through North Durham.
- Chris Dreps, the executive director of the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, provided information on the subject, as well as the ECWA website.
- This organization has three main goals concerning Ellerbe Creek and the larger watershed:
- Protecting the creek- acquiring land for preserves
- Restoring the creek- creek restorations like we have been looking at and learning about
- Connecting the community- clean-ups, nature hikes, adopt a stream programs by things like neighborhood associations.
Successes and Strategies
- Land preserves- One effective strategy the organization has had is purchasing the land around the creek and turning them into a nature preserve. There are currently 4 such preserves. One example is 17-Acre Wood Nature Preserve, which was turned from an impenetrable, invasive species filled thicket to a beautiful pathway with native species, educational signage and self-guided tours that connects two city parks.
- Green infrastructure plan- the greatest problem facing the stream is storm water runoff and pollution, this plan is designed to encourage building so that these problems are lessened, like using permeable parking lots and pathways.
- Creek Smart is a program that encourages individuals to address the problem in their own backyards by doing things like harvesting rainwater or creating a rain garden.
- The main challenge is that the problem is on a large scale- the whole watershed.
- The theory they operate under is that repairing a stream is not the whole solution, it is like putting a Band-Aid on the problem. This is helpful but does not get to the root of the problem.
- Solving the problem requires looking beyond the stream or creek and coming up with strategies that will deal with these bigger issues. In the case of Ellerbe Creek, and many other urban creeks, this is storm water runoff and pollution.
How this relates and takeaways to consider
- There is a need to look beyond just the PQC section of the creek to truly understand what the creek is dealing with.
- Most likely storm water runoff and pollution are also some of the biggest problems faced by the stream at Paul Quinn
- Some ideas for strategies to improve the condition of the river and involve the neighborhood: look at the programs and ideas suggested by the Creek Smart program and Green Infrastructure Plan for building around Paul Quinn and engaging the community. Encourage community development of rain harvesting programs, rain gardens, greener roofs, backyard wetland gardens, don’t fertilize the creek.
- Suggestions of volunteering on a project or visiting a preserve
5. Trinity Watershed Link
This link provides information on the Trinity Watershed, describing how it connects to the stream on Paul Quinn College’s stream.
6. EPA Grants for Resources
7. Creek Life
Creeklife is a crowdfunding website which could act as a possible resource to complete restoration.
Link to the relevant links doc for further discernment of what links should or shouldn’t be on the site: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mJsi-tBOAXncAnEqw4sIpQoIR-yN6d_SVodZ6QMwZ4g/edit