Constructed wetland slated for reconstruction

Environmental, Flooding, Neuse River Watershed, Sound Rivers, Stormwater Issues, Stormwater Restoration Projects, Water Quality, Wetlands

Posted on November 9th, 2023

(Left to right) Wayne Community College Grounds Technician Brett Cox, Engineering Technician James Leonard, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor James Dupree, Sound Rivers Program Director Clay Barber, Backwater Environmental Superintendent Chris Wheeler, Project Manager Gabe Adams and Backwater Environmental President Robert Osborne met this week to discuss the restoration of a Wayne Community College wetland.

Sound Rivers Program Director Clay Barber visited the site of his latest project this week: restoring an existing wetland at Wayne Community College.

“This is an existing wetland that is very out of maintenance, that we are taking back to the original design. N.C. State University did the original project, but over the years, the wetland has fallen on some hard times,” Clay said.

The wetland, located on a conservation easement on the Goldsboro campus, has filled with sediment, becoming shallow and muddy, and wetland plants have been taken over by other vegetation that doesn’t help the work of a wetland

“There’s a lot of trees and woody vegetation, which is a ‘no-no’ for wetlands,” Clay said.

Sound Rivers is partnering with the college and Backwater Environmental to de-water the pond, remove the accumulated sediment and non-useful vegetation, then replant with 900 native wetland plants. The wetland drains from campus via Stoney Creek, which is a tributary of the Neuse River.

Worked begins on Monday; funding is provided by an Environmental Enhancement Grant administered by the North Carolina Department of Justice.

What has become a shallow, muddy pond will be restored to its original purpose: a constructed wetland.

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