The massive sewer work that stretches across east Raleigh is accompanied by a different kind of excavation. Above is upper Longview Lake from Bertie Drive below Enloe High School. For years silt from construction on the hill behind it has steadily filled this section. Now they are dredging the silt out and restoring the pond. The lower section is larger and much more healthy. All our our lakes and ponds gradually fill in with plant matter and eroded soil, but this happened too fast and I am glad they are fixing it. Now if they would just re-allow fishing! More pics below – click to enlarge.
Just down the road from this, where Milburnie hits the extension of Sunnybrook across New Bern, the old beginning of the Raleigh Greenway, Buckeye Trail, will soon be extended all the way down to Anderson Point, where Crabtree hits the Neuse River. Very exciting! Right now the spot is part of the huge sewer work alluded to in the first sentence. The first picture below is looking toward Milburnie and is actually the path of the new extension. The new greenway should be in place this spring.
Up the trail toward Raleigh Swamp, a fallen tree has created a dump of sand that makes quite a beach. All the sand and silt seen in this post is terrible for the mussels and microfauna that inhabit the creek’s bottom.
Bonus pic: deer tracks where I climbed down to view the sandbank.