Stream Restoration Recap
This summer, the stream that meanders across Shipley Farms underwent a beautiful transformation thanks to the Linville Creek restoration project. This project was a joint effort between Brushy Fork Environmental Consulting Inc. (BFEC), Western North Carolina Stream and Water Quality Initiative, and the Resource Institute of Winston Salem. The goal of the project aimed at stabilizing over 3,000 linear feet of stream bank which had become badly eroded.
The BFEC crew implemented natural channel stream design techniques that help prevent erosion and improve water quality downstream by increasing sediment filtration. Some of these techniques include:
- J-hooks, which deflect water flow away from the banks.
- Toe-wood structures, or trees that are integrated into the natural structure of the stream bank, which provide habitat and cover to fish and other aquatic animals.
Brushy Fork Environmental achieved great results in this project, including decreases in sedimentation, improvements in water quality, an expansion of aquatic animal habitats, and the re-vegetation of stream banks. The Watauga River is a designated Outstanding Resource Waters, meaning that it supports an array of bio-diverse aquatic fauna and insects, including trout, darters, mussels, and the Eastern Hellbender (a giant salamander and species of special concern). This designation situates Linville Creek as a reach that is important to improve and maintain.
Installing new culvert Sam planting live stakes
Shipley Farms is proud to be a part of this project. This stream restoration was a collaborative effort of government funding initiatives with non-profits, engineering and consulting firms, and private landowners. All of these parties worked together to achieve the result of this beautifully resorted reach of Linville Creek.
Step pools were added for stabilization