Ecosysytem Restoration

Raccoon Creek Stream Restoration
Paulding County
, Georgia

Raccoon Creek is one of the The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) high priority watersheds in the greater Etowah River watershed as it is the only known habitat for the federally endangered Etowah darter downstream of Lake Allatoona.  Raccoon Creek also supports one of the largest populations of the federally threatened Cherokee darter in the species' genetically-distinct lower evolutionary species unit.  Raccoon Creek has faced agricultural and development pressures, reducing the quality of in-stream habitat for these species.  To mitigation these impacts, Corblu Ecology Group was contracted to restore a critical reach of Raccoon Creek by enhancing native fish habitat, improving water quality and stabilizing stream banks.

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The Raccoon Creek stream restoration design/build project consisted of improving aquatic habitat for the Etowah and Cherokee Darters through natural channel design and bioengineering across approximately 6,441 feet of channel. This portion of Raccoon Creek flows between two road crossings, one of which was partially removed to reduce barriers to fish passage.  Riparian areas were stabilized with native vegetation.  Construction of the three-phase project was completed in March of 2013.  Corblu Ecology Group was responsible for all baseline studies, baseline survey, geomorphic assessment, design, permitting, construction management and oversight, and as-built surveys. 

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Post-restoration darter surveys in the reaches constructed in Phase two show increased abundances of targeted species and no negative effects of restoration construction activities.  Future sampling events will evaluate darter populations in recently completed restoration efforts in Phase three.  

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