Stream Debris Cleanup Project

Stream Debris Picture

Stream Debris Cleanup Projects

Wayne SWCD has actively been working on Stream Clean Out Projects since November 2017.  

Through numerous funding opportunities from the Division of Soil & Water and the Foundation of Soil & Water, Wayne SWCD has been able to clean out numerous streams.  


Who will complete the project? 

The actual Stream Debris Removal is contracted out by Wayne County. Coastal Plains Clearing LLC is the current contractor for the project. Wayne SWCD will be overseeing the project, providing site inspections, notifying landowners through postcards and notifying the Division of Soil & Water Conservation of completion.


 What can be accomplished with the Project?

The program allows for woody vegetative debris to be removed from streams.  This is a snag and drag program.  The Wayne SWCD will be using the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 1992 Woody Removal Guide.    Only those log accumulations that are obstructing the flow of water shall be removed. This includes 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   Minimal disturbance to stream banks is required, therefore; hand-operated equipment will be the first choice in removal, such as winches, chain saws, shallow draft barge, or boat.  Current requirements include all debris located within the 100 year flood plain must be removed from the flood plain or place a minimum of 30' from the top of the stream bank and strapped in place.  Beavers will be eradicated and dams will be removed in the cleanout process.  


A detailed map of our current project location can be viewed Here