Floodplain Acquisition, Stream Restoration and Floodplain Restoration
Briar Creek runs through this peaceful neighborhood in East Charlotte. And between the creek and a winding street called Dunlavin Way, there is now a narrow, green stretch of land.
Storm Water Services plans to restore that section of Briar Creek and surrounding floodplain. The goals are improved water quality and better habitat for aquatic life and wildlife.
Until 2009, the project area was lined with homes. But the creek repeatedly flooded and the houses were frequently damaged. After a major flood in 2008, about two dozen homeowners in the Country Club Heights neighborhood decided to sell to Storm Water Services' Floodplain Buyout Program.
Remaining neighborhood residents met with Storm Water Services to discuss and draw sketches of what they'd like to see in the open space along the creek and Dunlavin Way where 19 homes once stood.