Stream Debris Cleanup Project

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Stream Debris Cleanup Project


November 14, 2017


Wayne CountySoil & Water Conservation (SWCD) will begin the Stream Cleanout Process theweek of November 20th.

 A K Grading company will begin work on Old Mount Olive Highway near The First Congregational Church, and continue to Durham Lake inlet.  Then they will beginat the Outlet of Durham Lake and continue to Thoroughfare Swamp.  Thoroughfare Swamp crosses U.S. Hwy 13 South at Hood Drive and then flows into Falling Creek.  There is a Blue Line Stream on the West side of Hood Drive that feeds into Falling Creek that will also be cleanedout.  Falling Creek will then be followed from Hood Drive, across Old Grantham Road and Stevens Mill Road, until it empties into the Neuse River. 

*      Throughout this process, Wayne Soil & Water Conservation will be inspecting the Process and reporting to the Grant funders, NCDA&CS Division of Soil & Water Conservation and Golden Leaf Foundation.

The Disaster recovery Act of 2016 will allow storm debris removal from Hurricane Matthew,and Tropical Storm Hermine and Julia.  This is a snag and drag program.  The Wayne SWCD will be using the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 1992 WoodyRemoval Guide.   Only those log accumulations that are obstructing the flow of water shall be removed.   Minimal disturbance to stream banks is required, therefore; hand-operated equipment will be the first choice inremoval, such as winches, chain saws, shallow draft barge, or boat.  The debris will be removed and placed 15’-30’up the bank from the stream.  Debris willnot be hauled offsite in this process.  Beaver dams will be removed in the cleanout process. 

A detailed map can be viewed Here

August 2017

County of Wayne received two grants (Golden LEAF Foundation for $237,474.91 and Disaster Recovery Relief Program through Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation for $223,961) to remove debris from streams and creeks that resulted from Hurricane Matthew and Tropical Storms Hermine and Julia.

The stream debris cleanup is approximately 21 miles long and includes beaver dams.

On July 19th, A&K Grading was approved by the Wayne County Board of Commissioners to do a ‘snag and drag” operation in which crews will clean downed trees, broken tops and woody/vegetative debris that has fallen into the stream beds and is restricting water flow and/or contributing to flooding with heavy rains. A&K Grading will use hand and light equipment to minimize the impact in the streams and surrounding areas. Debris will be placed 15 to 35 feet from the stream bed.

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District is preparing to send agreement letters to landowners on August 25, 2017, requesting permission to move forward with the clean out process to access properties adjacent to streams and/or properties abutting them, if needed, in order to access streams. If the agreements are not signed the streams and creeks will be bypassed in those areas.

To keep the streams and creeks in Wayne County flowing during storms or heavy rains, Wayne County Soil and Water encourages all landowners to call 919-734-5281 ext. 3 for more information.