The goals of the project in the Mitchell River watershed are to permanently protect the headwater areas and riparian buffers.  To reach this goal the project has consisted of educational and technical assistance through the use of state, federal and county programs along with additional resources.  The projects components include; streambank restoration and installation of BMP’s to improve water quality and aquatic habitat, long-term physical and biological monitoring, and the development of tools for evaluating the projects success.

  • Surry Soil and Water Conservation District:  Initiated this project with the commitment of the North Carolina Agriculture Cost Share Program funds to the Mitchell River watershed.  SS&WCD are providing on-the-ground technical assistance through the District Technician position.
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service:  Supporting the use of existing federal cost share programs, which include the Environmental Quality Incentive Program, Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program, Conservation Reserve Program and Wetland Restoration Program.  NRCS is providing on-the-ground technical and educational assistance to the landowners in the watershed.
  • Pilot View RC&D, Inc. :  Helped to organize the initial meetings and continue to support the project by securing and administering funding for several project components. 
  • Duke Power: Conducting a multi-year suspended sediment study in the watershed. 
  • North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service (NCCES): Providing technical and  educational assistance from local and state level by securing an EPA 319 grant  for project design and management along with education, monitoring, evaluation and technical assistance for BMP installation.
  • Piedmont Land Conservancy:  Working with landowners interested in land protection,  by acquiring headwater buffer properties, conservation easements, permanent deed restrictions along the river and its tributartaries, fund stream and riparian  restoration on protected properties and develop a GIS based planning and  evaluation tool. 
South Fork Mitchell River
Brushy Fork
Basin Creek Realty
Clean Water Management Trust Fund
Duke Power
Mitchell River Preservation Committee
Mitchell River Streamwatch
Natural Resources Conservation Service
North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service-Surry County
North Carolina STate University Extension-Water Quality Group
NC DENR Division of Water Resources
NC DENR Division of Water Quality
NC Wildlife REsources Commission
Piedmont Land Conservancy
Pilot View Resource Conservation and Development, Inc.
Stone Mountain Chapter Trout Unlimited
Surry Soil and Water Conservation District
US Fish and Wildlife Service



Stream Restoration Sites





Livestock damage to stream side vegetation

Surry County Volunteers discussing the Mitchell River

View of the Mitchell River in Summer

Sediment in the Mitchell River

View of the Mitchell River in Winter

Fish Sampling in the Mitchell River