Project ‘E’ Wetland Reserve Program

White Oak, North Carolina

LDSI was awarded contracts from the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) and North Carolina Coastal Federation (NCCF) to assist with survey and engineering design on a Wetland Reserve Program tract known as Project ‘E’. The approximately 840-acre tract is located in Bladen County, approximately 20 miles from Fayetteville, North Carolina. The tract was previously converted farmland, meaning that it was once a wetland that was ditched and drained and converted for agricultural production. Project objectives included: habitat for migratory birds and other wetland-dependent wildlife including threatened and endangered species and species of concern, protection and improvement of water quality, attenuation of stormwater, recharge of groundwater, protection and enhancement of open space and aesthetic quality, protection of native flora and fauna contributing to the Nation’s natural heritage, and contribution to educational and scientific scholarship. The Project ‘E’ tract survey included both open and wooded land with many water crossings required to complete the survey. The exterior easement boundary had a perimeter of approximately 49,400 LF. This survey included the placement of approximately 150 witness posts at the corners and along the easement line.

The natural channel design project included channel relocation and reconfiguration to create stable morphology and floodplain connection, wood toe revetments, streambank bioengineering, riparian buffer establishment, and in-stream log structures for hydraulic energy management and aquatic habitat enhancement. The project included levees and stormwater attenuation structures to restore groundwater recharge functions and values of the drained wetland complex. The final project cost including easement boundary survey, design survey, and engineering design was $279,674.74. The engineer’s opinion of cost is over $1.5 million, due to weather and funding this project has yet to begin construction

Summary of design features:

  • 5,000 LF of levee construction, 6,600 LF of natural channel restoration, 5 Water Attenuation Structures, and 64 in-stream natural channel design structures.

Project Dates:

  • Dec. 2017 – July 2018

Project Costs:

  • Engineering Fee: $279,674.74
  • Estimated Construction Costs: $1,500,000

Services Provided:

  • Watershed Analysis
  • Stream Restoration
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Government Program Compliance
  • Easement Boundary Surveying
  • Surveying & Mapping
  • sUAS Survey


  • Jonathan Hinkle
  • David Boyles
  • Seth Martin
  • Greg Jennings