Swift Creek is dramatically affected in the vicinity of Hemlock Bluffs by urban runoff and flooding. Sediment pollution and erosion occur along the stream banks throughout the nature preserve due to increased stream flow from upstream development and impervious surfaces. The erosion is threatening the stability of adjacent park boardwalks located near Swift Creek.
Construction access for this project will occur from Harold D. Ritter Park and along a portion of the Swift Creek Greenway.
Monitoring of the stream bank for this project began in the year 2000 when staff began noticing that stream bank erosion was getting closer to the existing boardwalk. Staff put a project together that was initially funded in the FY2010 budget. As the project was being designed it was determined that additional funding was needed and staff applied for several grants.
Grant funding was sought from the North Carolina Division of Water Resources in the Amount of $20,000 to help fund the construction of stabilization measures, re-vegetation and native vegetation enhancement along the stream banks. The stabilization project will not only curtail erosion, improve water quality and native habitat, and protect adjacent park structures but it will also serve as a demonstration project to the thousands of visitors to Hemlock Bluffs each year.
As part of the project, permanent signage will be installed after the project is complete. This signage will provide educational opportunities for the visitors to Hemlock Bluffs.
Begin Construction: October 15, 2012
Complete Construction: November 30, 2012
The construction costs for this project will be $55,000.
Paul A. Kuhn , PLA
Parks Planning Manager
Transportation & Facilities Department
Town of Cary