Durant Nature Center Feasibility and Design of Dam Removal and Environmental Restoration

Raleigh, North Carolina

The Durant Nature Center project is a partnership between the City of Raleigh, North Carolina State University (NCSU) Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE) Department Extension, and LDSI, Inc.  The intent of the project is to investigate the potential of breaching the upper dam within a two-dam complex and restore the stream and abutting wetlands.  The project team worked together to develop concept designs which included

  • breaching the dam and restoring the stream and wetland complex,
  • lower the water-level and enhance the existing stream,
  • do nothing.

LDSI, Inc provided survey and design assistance to the University on this project.  The survey was completed using multiple methodologies including traditional field-run, SUAS (drone) technology, and bathymetric.  The LDSI, Inc design team assisted with the sediment analysis, sediment accumulation calculations, and overall concept planning.  LDSI, Inc provided the survey exhibits for the Jurisdictional Determination (wetland book) and performed all necessary fieldwork to locate the marked wetland and stream boundaries.

Project Dates:

  • 2018 - 2019

Services Provided:

  • Surveying & Mapping
  • Bathymetric Survey
  • sUAS Survey
  • Watershed Analysis
  • Stream Restoration
  • Wetland Restoration