The Bacon Ridge Branch restoration used an integrated watershed-based restoration approach consisting of a natural, low-impact design that featured interlocking log jams made from material harvested on site and placed at various points in the stream, acting as grade control structures in place of typical rock weirs. The use of wood as grade control is consistent within this coastal plain stream system and adds habitat complexity. The project reconnected the stream to its floodplain, enhanced and restored habitat, provided nutrient-reduction benefits, and improved stabilization. This project excelled for its unique and innovative design approach, as well as the cost-effectiveness of the technique that allowed for a larger restoration project.
To read the full project narrative and view more photos, visit the project folder on our Google Drive!