Watauga Ribbon Cutting Ceremony- Section 206, Boone, NC. This aquatic ecosystem restoration project was constructed within approximately 3,700 feet of the South Fork of the New River. The project was constructed to improve in-stream habitat and establish riparian and wetland areas. A variety of river restoration and bio-stabilization techniques were implemented to provide stable riverbank slopes to reduce sedimentation and establish riparian and wetlands areas with native vegetation in the project reach. Construction began in August 2014. The construction of project features in the river channel and riparian areas was completed in November 2015. Plant establishment efforts continued into 2016 with invasive species management continuing through 2017.
Speakers who took part in the event included: the Honorable Rennie Brantz (Mayor-Town of Boone), Dr. Sheri Everts (Chancellor-Appalachian State University), Walter Clark (Executive Director-Clean Water Management Trust Fund), Mike Fenley (Field Representative-Senator Richard Burr) and COL Philip Secrist (Huntington District Commander). The project was sponsored by the Town of Boone. The project stakeholders are: Town of Boone, Appalachian State University, The Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and the New River Conservancy.