Wilkesboro working to save creek

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(Credit: Monte Mitcell/JOURNAL)

WILKESBORO, N.C. — Heavy-equipment operators are moving massive amounts of earth along Cub Creek near Oakwoods Road, working to restore the creek to a more natural flow.

Agricultural practices over the years shoved the creek back to create a bigger field to gain more farmable land, but that damaged the creek.

“There were heavily eroding banks (and) a lack of riparian buffers,” meaning the vegetation that helps hold the soil together, said Derek Goddard, vice president of Blue Ridge Environmental Consultants, the local company that did the design work and is managing the project.

Town work crews are excavating a new creek bed, using heavy equipment to scoop out earth and trucking it over to the side of the site. Engineers then use a survey-grade GPS to check that the creek bed is being built to the right specifications.

They have already built a temporary 200-foot-long diversion channel to take out a sharp bend in the creek, and water is flowing through there and channeling the creek around the work site and back to its current streambed.

This article was written by Monte Mitchell and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read the full story.