Project banks on stopping erosion of the Elkin Creek

Anthony GonzalezStaff Writer

March 11, 2013

A restoration project hoping to mitigate erosion and deterioration along the Elkin Creek bank is scheduled to begin on Feb. 11, say town officials.

“The main scope of the project is to rehabilitate and enhance the banks of the Elkin Creek within the Elkin Municipal Park and along Memorial Park Drive,” said Adam W. McComb, director of Elkin Recreation & Parks Department.

The fiscal agent for the project is Pilot View Resource Conservation and Development, a non-profit organization formed in 1990 to protect and enhance the environment by helping community groups in Surry, Yadkin, Stokes, Forsyth, Davie and Davidson counties and carry out projects that protect natural and human resources.

“The project on Big Elkin Creek consist of stream restoration, buffering the stream corridor, invasive species removal, stormwater outfall stabilization, increase parking area, a designate fishing area, and stabilizing the stream banks,” said Charles Anderson, consulting agent for Pilot View RC&D. “Overall this will improve the water quality of Big Elkin Creek and provide a more aesthetically pleasing environment for the park.”

North State Environmental of Winston-Salem is the contractor.

According to McComb, the project was needed due to the bank washing away on both sides of the creek leading to public safety issues on Memorial Park Drive and within the Municipal Park.

“Over the years, park staff has witnessed the stream bank as well as large trees fall into the water after flooding and heavy rain events,” said McComb. “Although we know that this will always be a problem, this project will hopefully protect the park and Memorial Park Drive by adding more vegetation and trees to the bank stabilizing it for future generations to enjoy.”

The Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) provided a grant for the restoration in the amount of $371,048 with the Town of Elkin providing an additional commitment of $45,000.

The project is also expected to enhance portions of the Elkin Creek for fish habitat to hopefully accommodate Hatchery Supported Trout Waters through the NC Fish and Wildlife.

Town officials say all park users will experience some inconvenience due to construction areas during the project.

“There will be some areas that are going to be blocked off until late fall and possible even into the spring of 2014 to allow for vegetation to establish prior to any use,” said McComb. “Spectators at attending Elkin High School Baseball and soccer games will experience parking delays throughout the project due to construction, repair and seeding.”

The project is expected to last until mid-March.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 835-1513 or email at agonzalez@civitasmedia.com