Dye Branch Restoration

The Village of Flat Rock is nearing completion of a 3,250-linear-foot restoration of Dye Branch through the Village’s flagship The Park at Flat Rock. The Headwaters team assisted with grant applications and provided surveying, design, ยง404/401/floodplain/land disturbance permitting and construction observation. Our subconsultant partners included Kee Mapping & Surveying and EnviroScience. Dye Branch is a tributary to King Creek and prior to restoration, suffered from collapsing banks and narrow or absent riparian buffers. Earthwork was completed in May 2024 by Baker Grading & Landscaping. Buffer planting will begin this winter.

Constructed Riffles and Shrub Transplants – May 2024

Mill Creek at Mountain Gateway Museum

Headwaters worked with the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources to enhance a reach of Mill Creek at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort, NC. Mill Creek is a trout stream and its floodplain is located a FEMA special flood hazard area. Headwaters’ services included assessment, design, 404/401/floodplain permitting and construction observation. Construction was completed in April 2022 by Baker Grading & Landscaping of Old Fort, NC.

Completed geolifts and toe wood on Mill Creek
Boulder j-hook vane to re-direct flow to center of stream and enhance trout habitat

Hoopers Creek Stabilization Complete

Streambank stabilization was completed in early June on a short reach of Hoopers Creek at the Livingston Farms subdivision in Fletcher, NC. Bank erosion was threatening a greenway trail and the backyards of multiple homes. Headwaters designed and permitted bioengineering measures and in-stream structures that will protect the bank and establish a robust riparian buffer. Construction was performed by South Core Environmental from Asheville.

Swannanoa River enhancement at Veterans Park

The Town of Black Mountain recently completed a 2,000 linear foot enhancement project on the Swannanoa River through their park in eastern Buncombe County. Headwaters’ design focused on five work areas where bank erosion was threatening park facilities on the south bank and a sanitary sewer main on the north bank. Excess sediment was also impacting habitat for a population of Eastern hellbender salamanders. Five hellbenders were rescued and relocated a short distance upstream of the project reach. Montreat College, the landowner on the north bank, was a key partner in the project. Funding was provided by a variety of sources, including grants from the NC Division of Water Resources and Duke Energy. Construction was performed by Baker Grading of Old Fort, NC.

Bank Erosion and Sediment Impacts – February 2021
Completed Bank Repairs – July 2021
Rescued Hellbender

Cane River Bank and Berm Repairs Are Complete

Using FEMA disaster assistance funding, Yancey County has completed repairs to a 400 linear foot reach of the Cane River at the county’s Cane River Park. Flooding during Hurricanes Florence and Michael in the Fall of 2018 eroded the river bank, formed a large breach in a berm and caused extensive damage to the park facilities, including the deposition of thousands of cubic yards of sediment on a soccer field. The team of Headwaters Engineering, ClearWater Environmental Consultants, Site Design Studios and Kee Mapping & Surveying completed assessment, design, permitting and construction observation for the bank and berm repairs. Headwaters’ repair design incorporated bioengineering measures on the bank and extensive aquatic habitat structure along the restored toe in order to support the local Appalachian elktoe mussel, eastern hellbender and trout populations. The restored floodplain bench received dozens of river cane transplants from a nearby field. Construction was performed by Baker Grading & Landscaping of Old Fort, NC.

French Broad River Bank Stabilization Completed

Headwaters Engineering worked with a group of volunteers to stabilize bank erosion along the French Broad River that was threatening the Camp Stephens Boy Scout Troop 26 building. Work was completed in March 2020 and the bioengineering treatments are already well established.

Tomahawk Branch Restoration Phase 2 Underway

Construction of the second phase of a stream restoration project on the Town of Black Mountain’s golf course is underway. Work on a tributary to Tomahawk Branch was completed in early June. Construction is being performed by South Core Environmental https://www.southcoreenvironmental.com/

Two Shoreline Restorations Completed

Headwaters Engineering provided design and construction observation services for shoreline restorations on Fontana Lake in Swain County, NC (construction by Baker Grading & Landscaping (https://www.bakergrading.com/) and on Lake Toxaway in Transylvania County, NC (construction by South Core Environmental; https://www.southcoreenvironmental.com/).

Winter 2019-2020 Stream Restorations

The winter of 2019-20 was busy despite the rainy weather. Four Headwaters Engineering designs have recently been constructed in Western North Carolina. Mitchell Branch through Ray-Cort Park in Burnsville was restored as part of a park renovation and water quality improvement effort. A collapsing bank on the Swannanoa River in east Asheville was stabilized using bioengineering techniques in order to protect the primary access road into a development. A tributary to Reed Creek was restored as part of an urban renewal project near downtown Asheville. And, a reach of Wolfpen Creek in Hendersonville was stabilized to protect buried utilities and a road.

2.4 Miles of Stream Restoration Completed in Asheville

Restoration of eight tributaries to the French Broad River was completed in July 2019. The streams had been badly damaged from excess stormwater runoff and the six-month effort included several thousand feet of newly constructed channel, installation of dozens of log and stone energy dissipation structures, and extensive bioengineering. Construction was completed by Land Mechanic Designs (https://landmechanicdesigns.com/)