Rolling Meadows Mitigation BankMarch 20, 2023
Turtle Creek Mitigation Bank is a wetland and stream mitigation project located on 44.195 acres in Onslow County within the White Oak Watershed (HUC 03030001). Turtle Creek Mitigation Bank was approved by the USACE Wilmington District in September 2022 and currently has stream and wetland credits available to offset unavoidable impacts to Waters of the United States authorized under Sections 401 and 404 of the Clean Water Act, Section 10 of the Rivers and Harbors Act.
The bank is approved for a potential of 4,689 warm water stream credits and 8.21 riparian wetland credits through the restoration of streams, riparian buffer, and riparian wetlands. The restoration will result in a higher functioning aquatic ecosystem; reduction of nutrient and sediment inputs; and improved hydrologic functions by raising the local water table within the upper Mill Swamp subwatershed within the White Oak River Basin.
Primary Service Area:
White Oak Watershed HUC 03030001
Available Credit Type(s):
Stream and Wetland
Linear Feet of Stream:
Acres of Wetland:
The project mitigation goals and objectives will be based on the current resource condition and functional capacity of the project watershed to improve and protect diverse aquatic resources comparable to stable stream and wetland systems within the inner Coastal Plain Physiographic Province. The project will address watershed stressors and provide numerous water quality and ecological benefits within the upper Mill Swamp subwatershed. The project will meet the general restoration goals and opportunities outlined in the White Oak River Basin Restoration Priority Plan (RBRP, 2009). More specifically, functional uplift goals will be accomplished by:
• Implementing stream restoration that reduce sources of sediment by stabilizing streambanks especially in headwater tributaries;
• Promote nutrient and sediment reduction in agricultural areas by restoring and preserving wetlands, streams, and riparian buffers;
• Implement agricultural BMPs to reduce nonpoint source and pollutant inputs; and
• Protect, augment, and connect to Natural Heritage Areas and other conservation lands.
Unique Places to Save is a conservation non-profit that works with mitigation company partners, landowners and regulators to hold perpetual conservation easements over stream, wetland and species mitigation projects. We have worked with WLS on numerous mitigation banks in North Carolina. We enjoy working with WLS due to their superior level of professionalism and high standards of quality work on all their projects. WLS not only understands the science and economics of mitigation work, but also understands the needs and concerns of landowners, partners and local communities when conducting their mitigation practice.
Michael SciscoUnique Places to Save
North State Environmental had the opportunity to work with WLS on two great projects in 2020 that had tight timelines, as many mitigation projects do. Our staff worked closely together to expedite construction, ensuring that both were completed in time to be planted during the dormant season. Even though the weather and field adjustments attempted to slow down the construction, the NSE crews and WLS staff worked to overcome these issues and build successful projects.
Darrell T WestmorelandNorth State Environmental, Inc.
Working with Water and Land Solutions has been a great way to help improve aquatic habitat on our properties while stabilizing the streambanks and creating an overall better ecosystem and a multitude educational opportunities for visitors. The diversity and complexity built into the enhancements designed by Water and Land Solutions and their staff are only surpassed by the sustainability of the final stream system once it has been restored.
Roger C. WolfeWest Virginia Department of Natural Resources
I met Nate in 2010 while working on the Crabapple stream and wetland mitigation project. We have worked together on several successful projects throughout the Appalachian Region since then. If I had to choose one word to best describe Nate, it’s trustworthy. I trust him as a friend, a colleague, and a stream designer, and would recommend him to anyone.
Bob RossRosscapes Inc.
Knowing WLS understands the ever-evolving regulations and the technical site conditions makes a huge difference in our interest level of working with the team at WLS. As new relationships need fostering in land owners, developers, homeowner associations and local municipalities, it’s even more important to us that who we partner with can meander the mine fields of the process delicately and diligently.
Ken HolbrooksThe Bayard Group
WLS has responded to, and been selected for, multiple private bank contracts with NCDOT across the state through a competitive bid process. They have delivered stream and wetland bank credits that will be used for compensatory mitigation for NCDOT roadway projects over the next several years.
LeiLani PaughNorth Carolina Department of Transportation