Volunteers create wetlands at Eagle Point Golf Club

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Volunteers from several organizations met Tuesday to create a wetlands at the Eagle Point Golf Club, near Porter's Neck.

"You'll see all kinds of critters - amphibians, fish, birds, dragon flies, snakes - you name it," said Tracys Skrabal with the NC Coastal Federation.

The volunteers are making the area to create a new habitat for wildlife and to stop storm water run-off from entering Little Creek..

"Runoff is the number one pollution problem for our estuaries, and so projects like this we use to demonstrate what folks like golf courses can do as well as land owners can do to actually develop their land but protect the water quality at the same time," said Skrabal.

The run-off into Little Creek comes from the course and homes along Porter's Neck Road.  The creek is known to carry bacteria and even fecal contamination, which eventually dumps into the Intracoastal Waterway.

Eagle Point Superintendent Sam Green said it's a wake-up call for all courses found near bodies of water.

"This project has been in the making the last year," said Green.  "It's neat to see the hard work paying off.  It's going to be a great thing."

The North Carolina Federation was in charge of the project, and four more locations along the golf course will be made into wetlands over the next few months.

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