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Restoration of a prior converted farm in Eastern NC with multiple target wetland communities

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  21st Century Watershed Technology: Improving Water Quality and Environment Conference Proceedings, 29 March - 3 April 2008, Concepcion, Chile  701P0208cd.(doi:10.13031/2013.24342)
Authors:   Michael R Burchell, II, R O Evans, K L Bass, S W Broome, J D Wright, J A Lindgren

EXTENDED ABSTRACT. The goal of wetland restoration/creation projects is to successfully construct a system that exhibits the same structure and beneficial functions as a targeted wetland community in the most efficient manner possible. In an effort to advance the understanding of design and construction techniques used in restoration in eastern NC (USA), faculty from North Carolina State University, teamed with the North Carolina Coastal Federation and the NC Ecosystem Enhancement Program, provided restoration designs and construction oversight for a portion of North River Farms. Located in Carteret County, NC this 2300-ha prior-converted farm had an extensive agricultural drainage network that flowed into sensitive estuarine areas that have traditionally been used for shellfish harvesting. As of January 2008, 122 ha of non-riparian hardwood wetland, 9 ha of riparian freshwater wetlands, and 14 ha of tidal marsh have been constructed at this farm. The riparian freshwater wetlands and tidal marsh are supported by over 2600 m of freshwater stream and tidal creeks constructed to flow through the site.

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