Robinson Creek parallels Mills Gap Road in Arden, draining over 2500 acres of land, before it converges with Cane Creek. The Cane Creek watershed was identified by the NCEEP as one of 28 local watersheds with the greatest need for stream and wetland restoration. In 2007, RiverLink had the opportunity to work with a group of professionals and residences in South Asheville, to restore over a half mile, 3500 linear feet of Robinson Creek. Robinson Creek is classified as, trout waters, therefore beyond restoring the stream an additional 20 acres of riparian conservation easement was donated to protect these resources.
In the 2005 Basinwide Water Quality Plan, Cane Creek from Ashworth Creek to Cushion Branch has been identified as impaired because of a fair bio-classification. This is contributed to major urban development and land use changes in the watershed, increasing the sediment load. This site was identified as a potential restoration site; along with conservation it has the potential to improve the overall water quality in the watershed.
Various improvement strategies where implemented to address sediment and water quality issues. The stream restoration and enhancement will stabilize banks, improve stream function and aquatic habitat, reduce sedimentation, and provide a minimum of 50 foot riparian buffer on either side of the stream. The 20 acre conservation easement will also ensure future protection of the floodplain. Riparian buffer enhancements will also trap sediment, remove nutrients and chemicals, and provide habitat and shade. These improvements will directly address the fair bio-classification of Cane Creek by reducing sediment and other pollutants in the water.