Traphill, North Carolina
The East Prong Roaring River restoration project has successfully improved water quality and trout habitats in the Yadkin River Basin and provided recreational fishing access to a healthy riparian ecosystem. The natural channel design project includes channel realignment to create stable morphology and floodplain connection, wood toe revetments, streambank bioengineering, riparian buffer establishment, invasive plant control, and in-stream boulder and log structures for hydraulic energy management and aquatic habitat enhancement. The project serves as a long-term demonstration site for ecosystem restoration, recreation, and education. The stream is heavily used by anglers and is used by Trout Unlimited and others to educate youth about natural resource stewardship. Phase 1 was implemented on a 500-ft reach of East Prong Roaring River in 2017. Phase 2 is planned for implementation on an additional 2,000 feet of stream over the next two years.