Purlear, North Carolina
The Purlear Creek restoration project successfully improved water quality and aquatic habitats in the Yadkin River Basin and provided a demonstration site for a healthy riparian forest ecosystem as part of the State Forest property. The natural channel design project includes channel relocation and reconfiguration 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. Several hundred feet of abandoned channel were left to fill with groundwater and serve as riparian pools and wetland habitats. The project serves as a long-term demonstration site for ecosystem restoration monitoring and education. Recent water quality and macroinvertebrate monitoring David Penrose and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission have indicated that the stream system is capable of supporting re-introduced native brook trout.