The Duke Jobs Tax Ditch project reclaimed 5,900 linear feet of maintenance access-way along Prong 1 of the Duke Jobs Tax Ditch.
This pilot project was developed to demonstrate an environmentally friendly approach to Tax Ditch maintenance. This project was a partnership between the DNREC Division of Soil and Water Conservation, Duke Jobs Tax Ditch, and the Sussex Conservation District.
During construction, trees growing within the maintenance roadway were selectively removed using bulldozers, excavators, and hand clearing.
Trees to be removed located along the top of the ditch bank and slopes were flush cut by hand to maintain soil stability. Larger trees with the most ecological value were kept to retain wildlife habitat and preserve forest canopy. An addition, tree saplings were planted in specially selected areas to allow sufficient space for future maintenance dip-out of the Tax Ditch.
This method of tax ditch maintenance is unique and supports DNREC’s initiative to perform maintenance activities in a fashion less disturbing to the environment.