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CMS South Park Watershed Enhancement
The CMS South Park Watershed Enhancement Project is the implementation of a series of storm water treatment techniques (Best Management Practices) grouped within a single watershed for the purpose of testing BMP effectiveness alone and in conjunction with one another. Storm Water Services will seek as many opportunities as feasible to treat and implement storm water pollution controls on the CMS South Park campus.

CMS South Park project area map.

Project Goals:

The specific goals of this project include:

  1. Provide storm water treatment of the runoff generated at the site;
  2. Provide opportunities to allow for monitoring of effects of development on downstream systems before and after BMP(s) are placed in a watershed;
  3. Detain and control storm water peak flows to reduce erosion or flooding, if appropriate;
  4. Provide for dual use BMP alternatives which can serve other functions other than just treatment, if appropriate;
  5. Provide storm water and BMP educational opportunities for school students and the public;
  6. Provide a secondary water source for plant and turf grass watering through storm water reuse, if appropriate;
  7. Adhere to local floodplain regulations and obtain the appropriate permits where applicable, if appropriate.

Status Update:

  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) met with CMS officials on April 25, 2006 to present the project team and discuss the project goals.
  • CMSWS met with Charlotte Mecklenburg Utilities on December 6, 2005 to discuss possible coordination between the Briar Creek Sewer Relocation and this project. It was determined that since the CMSWS project is looking to monitor Briar Creek Tributary #1  and not Briar Creek (where the CMU work is occurring) that the two projects will remain separate.
  • CMSWS met with CMS officials on September 13, 2006 to present possible BMP locations for potential conflicts.
  • CMSWS met with CMS officials on October 26, 2006 and November 2, 2006 to old site selection meetings of feasible BMP locations.
  • CMSWS met with CMS officials on February 12, 2007 to discuss the flow redirection plans at the project limits of Briar Creek Tributary #1.
  • CMSWS finalized the CMS South Park Site Feasibility Report on August 20, 2007.
  • Preliminary planning began on January 7, 2008.  A total of eight BMP options at 6 site locations were studied.
  • CMSWS met with CMS officials on October 27, 2008 to present preliminary planning findings and discuss project coordination with future CMS expansion projects and cross country trails.
  • Initial planning was completed on May 5, 2009. A total of 5 sites were recommended to be carried into design.
            Planning Report Site 1 - Bioretention
            Planning Report Site 3 - Grassed Swale with Infiltration Trench
            Planning Report Site 10 - Two Dry Detention Sand Filters interconnected by a step pool channel system
            Planning Report Site 13 - Bioretention
            Planning Report Site 15 - Wetpond
  • Following conclusion of the initial planning effort CMSWS met with CMS officials on June 1, 2009 to present the final planning report. An additional meeting was held with CMS officials on August 17, 2009 to present the final proposed BMP project locations to CMS facilities management.
  • A project informational meeting was held on January 11, 2010 with interested PTA and community groups. Presentation included purpose of project and proposed project locations.
  • In September 2011 all easements necessary to allow for construction of the BMP’s were obtained and granted from CMS to CMSWS.
  • In May 2012 CMS Facility Management approved Storm Water Construction drawings for the water quality project. 
  • In June 2012 final design plans and specifications were submitted to the City of Charlotte Contracts division for bidding phase assistance where the project is advertised for potential competitive bids from prospective contractors.
  • In September 2012 City Council voted to award a contract to On-Site Construction to build the project.
  • In November 2012 Notice to proceed for construction of the project was given to On-Site Construction.
  • In December 2013 Construction for the project was substantially completed by On-Site Construction. 

Project Highlights:  See project areas

Completed areas:   Bioretention Area at Myers Park High School
                               Dry Detention Forebay and Sand Filter Infiltration Basin with Interconnected Step Pool
                               Bioretention Area at Selwyn Elementary School
                               Wetpond at Alexander Graham Middle School 


Map of the CMS SouthPark Campus

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Project Team:

Matthew Anderson, P.E.
City Project Manager
704-336-7923

Steve Jadlocki
Water Quality Project Manager
704-336-4398

Doug Lozner, P.E.
Watershed Area Manager
704-432-0964

Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager
704-336-6183