Wakefield Branch - this little stream deserves a name has been completed!

This lovable little stream is suffering from suburban runoff.  This is a small, walkable watershed that drains directly to the Neuse River in Wakefield Plantation.  I call this [previously] unnamed tributary "Wakefield Branch".
      
Excessive erosion is beginning to undermine the culverts at Falls of Neuse Road and Sycamore Grove Lane.  High flows are causing significant channel erosion and stream banks are beginning to fail in places.  The neighborhood was developed before stormwater requirements, and there are basically no stormwater controls anywhere in the small watershed.  Trash and debris that has been washed in to the stream is beginning to accumulate.

The headwaters are mostly underground in drainage pipes, and the main channel is mostly hidden, even if you know where to look.  A notable exception is where it crosses under Falls of Neuse Road and Sycamore Grove Lane.  Here, the channel is briefly visible, always interesting, and clearly suffering.  The high visibility at these road crossings create a great opportunity to showcase this natural asset and give people a chance to learn, connect and participate.
    
First and foremost, this area could use a clean-up! This would entail purchasing supplies like work gloves and trash bags and a few refreshments for volunteers to get in there and help haul away all of this trash.  

Subsequently, or in addition to this, would be an initial "scoping phase", through which I want to raise awareness and engage a few key stakeholders to come on board and support the long range goals of the project.  These would include homeowners who live along the creek, as well as the home owner's association itself, which owns much of the land under and along the creek.  Additionally, the YMCA and Wakefield Elementary and Middle Schools are located in the Wakefield Branch watershed.  In this phase, I will work to develop positive, on-going relationships with these key stakeholders.   I estimate that $200 would be an adequate amount to cover the costs of a clean up day and any printing or mailing costs associated with outreach and coalition building initiatives.

The goals for the stream include stabilizing the channel and minimizing bank erosion before it gets much worse.  We also need to address the root source of the problem: high-volume, high-velocity flash flows from uncontrolled runoff.  The volume, velocity and timing of runoff can be improved with stormwater controls including residential rainwater capture and reuse (e.g. cisterns, rain barrels and rain gardens) and stormwater retrofits (e.g. ponds, bio-retention or wetlands). 

Wakefield Branch is a great little creek.  With your support and participation, we can help repair and protect it together before it's too late.  When watersheds win, everyone wins.  

River Restoration Work

$230 of $100
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It's going to take willing landowners, committed partners, engaged residents, and a shared sense of responsibility.

If all goes well, we will eventually need riprap and an excavator and lots of people to join us and cheer us on!

Thank you for supporting this project and this great little creek that offers so much to the community!

Project Updates

Updated over 2 years ago
Mbschlegel profile

I've digitized the natural watershed for Wakefield Branch and spoke with the Coordinator of the Raleigh Adopt-a-stream program about the process of adopting Wakefield Branch.  The link below is for the KML of the watershed boundary.  Cheers!

Updated over 2 years ago
Mbschlegel profile

We're so close to the goal, Creeklifers!  That's awesome.  Keep up the support and pledges.  With you're support, we'll soon begin raising awareness and engaging partners to protect and restore Wakefield Branch.

Updated about 2 years ago
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Please join us on to Clean Up Wakefield Branch on Saturday, March 21st at 9:00 a.m. We'll provide some safety information and background, then clean up garbage from 9:30-11:30. Lunch will be provided about 11:30.  RSVP at http://wakefieldbranch.rsvpify.com

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Updated about 2 years ago
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Map of the cleanup area.

Maps
Updated about 2 years ago
Mbschlegel profile

Friends of Wakefield Branch is working on a new logo. What do you think? 

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Updated almost 2 years ago
Mbschlegel profile

WOW! Wakefield Branch Stream Cleanup #Spring2015 was a Huge Success!!!

Look what we found in ‪#‎WakefieldBranch‬ of the Neuse River! 28 volunteers collected way more than 28 bags of trash. The kids and adults all had a great time and stayed safe while making a big difference in this little backyard creek. #thinklittle.  http://backyardcreeks.org

Huge thank you and shout out to the AMAZING VOLUNTEERS who collected a gigantic amount of trash from Wakefield Branch of the Neuse this morning.  Some highlights included a full deer skeleton, more that a car's worth of tires, and many bags of recyclables.  Great job everyone!  

- Thanks to the YMCA for being a great partner and host and promoting the event. And super thanks for providing lunch.  
- Thanks to the City of Raleigh Adopt-a-Stream Program for providing garbage bags and picking up the collected trash.
- Thanks to the Bedford HOA Board and Greenway Cleanup Coordinator for loaning first aid kits, safety vests and work gloves.
- Thanks to the Y Guides for providing green bear claws and for promoting the event.
- Thanks to Wakefield UMC for promoting the event.
- Thanks to the Villages of Wakefield HOA and Wakefield HOA for promoting the event.
- Thanks to Creeklife.com for empowering me to take action. 
- And special thanks to all the Creeklifers that supported and funded this effot!!! None of this would have been possible without you!

Wow cleanup 2015 03 21
Updated almost 2 years ago
Mbschlegel profile

This initial phase of work on Wakefield Branch is now complete.  You helped make this possible!  Thank you.  I will create a new Call-to-Action for the next phase.  Thinking about a Fall Creek Walk and Campfire format to go back over the same section collecting anything we missed or new trash.  But we would do it as an interactive walk to learn about the creek and riparian area with a area naturalist, biologist or stream scientist.  Then we could do a campfire with a guest storyteller.  That could be fun!  #goodthingsahead #howhow #grateful

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Posted over 2 years ago
Mbschlegel profile

Ok, Creeklifers.  I think it's time to get serious and get some momentum on this action.  I'm asking for your help to reach my goal of $200 to begin an outreach campaign and organize a clean up!  With your help, we can do it!  Will you help?  

Posted over 2 years ago
Mbschlegel profile

Awesome, Creeklifers!  I just came to check on this action and I am thrilled to see such great support!!! This is exciting.  We have some great momentum now!  Let's spread the word and keep building support!  We'll be ready to kick off the outreach effort soon, building partnerships, organizing a clean up, and raising awareness.

Posted over 2 years ago
Mbschlegel profile

I've digitized the watershed boundary for Wakefield Branch.  Here's the KML file for viewing in Google Earth.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5dsjPuUvTiZb0lIOXI3a0pNT1k/edit?usp=sharing

I also spoke with Mac Smith, Coordinator for Raleigh's Adopt-A-Stream program about the process of adopting Wakefield Branch.

Posted over 2 years ago
Mbschlegel profile

We're so close to the goal, Creeklifers!  That's awesome.  Keep up the support and pledges.  With you're support, we'll soon begin raising awareness and engaging partners to protect and restore Wakefield Branch.

Posted over 2 years ago
Mbschlegel profile

Woot!  Woot!  We're reached the first fundraising goal.  Thank you, Fellow Creeklifers!  I will begin taking action straightaway and keep you posted!  This is going to be good.

Posted over 2 years ago
Mbschlegel profile

Quick update: I have set up a meeting with the Branch Director at the Kerr YMCA next week.  I'll share the project idea and seek their support for doing a stream clean up and exploring the option of officially adopting the creek. That is all.  Looking forward to it.