South Fork New River Restoration at Teddy Mackorell Soccerfields

Restoration is underway on the South Fork New River in Boone, NC.  This project is very important to BFEC because of it’s proximity to the Boone Greenway and Brookshire Park, which are both located along this reach of stream. Its close proximity to these amenities presents a rare opportunity to share the value and benefits of stream restoration with the citizens of Boone! There are several stakeholders working together to make this project a success including the New River Conservancy, The Resource Institute, The Town of Boone, Watauga County, and private landowners and businesses located along the reach.

This restoration includes approximately 3,900 linear feet of the South Fork New River. This section of stream is unstable, degrading, and highly erosive due to high intensity urban development resulting in increased impervious surfaces and runoff. Goals of the project include improving habitat, enhancing the biological health of the stream, reducing streambank erosion and sediment contribution/deposition, restoring floodplain connectivity and function, and providing natural, stable access for outdoor recreation. This is being achieved by the implementation of modern natural stream channel design methods such as boulder and toe-wood structures for grade control, floodplain benching,  and the establishment of a healthy riparian zone containing a diverse array of native woody vegetation.

Once complete this reach will be resilient and self-sustaining, will have access to its floodplain, and will provide excellent habitat for aquatic and terrestrial fauna.

The above photo shows our operator, Mike Elliot, building a J-Hook structure used for grade-control, bank stabilization, and habitat enhancement.