Little River Watershed Restoration
The Little River Watershed was once rich in biodiversity with key fish and shellfish areas and swamp forests to mitigate flooding and protect water quality. In 2016, the ARCD, Pasquotank County, and Pasquotank SWCD used grants from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) and US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to construct 4,800 ft. of instream wetland in a privately-owned farm canal in the upper part of the watershed that drains 6,000 acres of farmland and the Amazon wind farm. At the same time, the ARCD, Perquimans County, and Perquimans SWCD used an EPA 319 grant to construct 2,000 ft. of in-stream wetland in a privately-owned farm canal that drains 600 acres of farmland just above the impaired section of the Little River. In 2018, a second EPA 319 grant was used to construct 2,000 ft. of in-stream wetland in a privately-owned farm canal that drains approximately 3,200 acres of farmland and solar farms on the Pasquotank County side of the watershed.
Click here for more information on the partnership to restore the Little River watershed.
Read the final project report for the CWMTF in-stream wetland project
Read the final report for the EPA 319 in-stream wetland project phase I
Scuppernong River Park Improvements
Tyrrell County has replaced an old timber bulkhead with a new vinyl bulkhead at Scuppernong River Park in Columbia. The new bulkhead will help protect the park from storm events for many years.
This was the second phase of park renovation. During the first phase the county constructed a handicap accessible fishing pier and boardwalks, and installed picnic tables, a gazebo, trash cans, grills and solar lights.
The first and second phases of park renovation were completed with grants from the Public Beach and Coastal Waterfront Access Program, and matching funds from the county.
The Albemarle RC&D Council provided assistance with project design, grant writing, and project management.