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Rocky Branch

Rocky Branch Restoration

NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Rocky Branch is an urban creek that runs more than a mile through the heart of the NC State University campus. It drains into Walnut Creek, which is a tributary of the Neuse River. The stream was narrow, deep, suffering from severe erosion and is an unsafe eyesore on the campus. As a result, NC Sea Grant and NC State University are implementing a three-phase stream restoration and greenway plan to renovate Rocky Branch. The ultimate goal of the project is to create a safe and accessible outdoor teaching laboratory. The restoration strives to stabilize the creek; improve water quality, aquatic and wildlife habitat; and integrate the creek into the campus environment.

Using natural channel design techniques, the restoration allows the stream to meander through a newly created floodplain. 6000 feet of greenway path are being installed along the restored creek to provide a transportation alternative and bring people close to the creek. A pedestrian underpass at Pullen Road allows safe passage for pedestrians and wildlife beneath a major thoroughfare. The underpass connects the path to Pullen Park and the City of Raleigh Greenway System. Interpretative signs installed along the greenway explain the restoration concepts.

  Phase I Phase II Phase III
Project Length:
3300 ft. 1580 ft. 1380 ft.
Date of Construction Completion:
Spring 2002 Spring 2005 n/a
Project Cost
(Design & Construction):
$1,918,377 $2,313,613 n/a
Designer:
Earth Tech
Contractor:
Tri-State Consultants Thalle Construction Company  
Funding:
NC Dept. of Transportation, NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund, US Environmental Protection Agency 319, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources, NC State University, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Partners:
NC Sea Grant, NC State University (Facilities Division and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering)

Below are links to documents in PDF format.
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Rocky Branch Summary

EPA 319 2005 Final Report Phase I

EPA 319 2005 Final Report Phase II

Rocky Branch Phase III Draft Restoration Plan

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