About the Project

The Goose and Crooked Creek Local Watershed Plan objectives include the following:

  1. Identify watershed stressors and possible causes
  2. Conduct planning, fieldwork, and monitoring to analyze stressors
  3. Recommend management strategies
  4. Develop a Local Watershed Plan (LWP) with a focus on protection and restoration
  5. Implement the plan through partnerships

Through these objectives, EEP, Centralina and Tetra Tech will identify potential restoration and protection strategies in order to address mitigation needs in the Goose and Crooked Creek watersheds. It is expected that this watershed plan will aid in:

    • Improving water quality
    • Sustaining aquatic life in the watersheds
    • Providing protection for threatened and endangered species
    • Managing nonpoint source pollution in the watersheds.

We also aim to increase public understanding about the relationship between land use and water quality, and to encourage further protection efforts among federal, state, and local governments in the watershed area.

 

Our Project Team

North Carolina Ecosystem Enhancement Program (NCEEP)

Anjie Ackerman- Watershed Planner

Tetra Tech

J. Todd Kennedy- Project Manager

Centralina Council of Governments (COG)

Jason Wager- Project Manager

Mission

North Carolina Ecosystem Enhancement Program (NCEEP) Mission

The mission of the Ecosystem Enhancement Program is to:

"Restore, enhance, preserve and protect the functions associated with wetlands, streams and riparian areas, including but not limited to those necessary for the restoration, maintenance and protection of water quality and riparian habitats throughout North Carolina."

Since its inception in 2003, NCEEP has funded many essential projects for watershed health in the state, including detailed watershed-planning and project-implementation efforts within North Carolina’s threatened or degraded watersheds. NCEEP’s watershed planning process starts on the local level and involves both public and private stakeholders, allowing for a variety of input and perspectives. Within this framework, the watershed planning process can focus on developing a comprehensive plan that best fits the needs of a watershed and a community.

Participants

Project Administration Team

The purpose of the Project Administration Team (PAT) is to provide a forum within which Centralina staff can coordinate on basic contact management issues throughout the project. This team comes together for larger decision points that would have significant impact on the direction of Phase I activities. Membership includes Centralina and EEP staff and other applicable individuals and agencies as necessary.

Watershed Technical Team

The Watershed Technical Team (WTT) primarily consists of key individuals and organizations that have met though related Goose Creek Watershed stakeholder processes and initiatives in the past. This team offers unique, strategic knowledge about the watersheds. The purpose of the Watershed Technical Team is to provide local area knowledge and guidance on how the research, mapping, analysis and assessment of the watersheds should be carried out. The members of this group will also develop recommendations on how future phases of the Local Watershed Plan (LWP) will be executed.

Community Stakeholders

Community Stakeholders consist of members of the local community who can affect or are affected by the Local Watershed Plan. This group also consists of members from the Project Administration Team and the Watershed Technical Team. The purpose of the Community Stakeholder Group is to act in an advisory capacity, which could include providing input into the process and information on issues and concerns in the watersheds and ensuring that the WTT considers a broad, diverse range of community interests.