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Edwards Branch Watershed Improvements

Edwards Branch is a stream that flows through a highly urbanized area into Briar Creek, then Little Sugar Creek.  The Edwards Branch watershed is one square mile in area, and is roughly bounded by Central Avenue to the north, Sharon Amity to the east, Independence to the south and southwest, and Norland Road to the northwest. 

This multi-phased project includes restoring the stream channel and constructing Best Management Practices (BMP's).  BMP's include ponds, constructed wetlands, and rain gardens that are used by themselves or in combination to reduce non-point source pollution (nutrients and pesticides) to improve our water quality.

Edward's Branch (Phase III) Map 

The overall project objectives include:

  • Improve water quality
  • Improve aquatic habitat
  • Provide water quality educational opportunities

The Phases of this project include:

Phase I (Stream Restoration and Wetland Creation) Completed
Phase II (Stream Restoration and Culvert Improvements) Completed

Phase III

The Edwards Branch Watershed Improvement Project involves analysis of existing conditions to determine areas suitable for stream restoration and mitigation credit, analysis of restoration alternatives, as well as design and construction of recommended improvements. 

Phase III of the Edwards Branch Project will potentially include stream restoration, stream preservation with buffer/stream enhancements, and BMP's in/near Winterfield Tributary and Evergreen Cemetery.  The project is currently in the planning phase.  A general description and range of typical timeframes for project phases is given below.  A more detailed schedule will be set at the start of the design phase. 

Cost: $2,280,000
Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, permits and landscaping.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) project team will manage Edwards Branch Phase III Project through the phases listed below. A general description and range of typical timeframes for project phases is given below. Specific work is conducted during each phase while an emphasis is made on public involvement throughout the entire project.  Public meetings have been and will continue to be held throughout the project with the affected property owners to present the planning and design information and receive input. 

Planning Phase (Completed June 2008)
During the planning phase, public meetings are used to obtain input from property owners. Several improvement alternatives are developed and evaluated to determine the best solution. A recommended alternative is presented to the public for comment at the end of the planning phase. The planning phase of a project typically lasts 12 to 27 months.

Design Phase (Completed May 2010)
During the design phase, construction drawings are developed for the alternative selected during the planning phase. Many details must be addressed including the determination of channel widths and lining types, utility relocations, and easement locations. The design phase of a project typically lasts 21 to 34 months.

Permitting Phase (Completed April 2010)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits are obtained from Federal and State governments. Other permits such as permission to work within railroad and NCDOT rights-of-way may also be obtained during this phase if necessary. The permitting phase of a project typically lasts 3 to 9 months; however, it may overlap other phases.

Property Easement/Acquisition (Completed May 2010)
The City's real estate staff works with citizens and businesses to acquire either Conservation Easements or Storm Drainage Easements. In addition, temporary construction easements may also be needed to access work areas. The City requests that easements be donated to provide access to your property to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance. The bid phase will begin after all easements are acquired. The easement acquisition phase of a project typically lasts 8 to 12 months.

Bid Phase (Completed August 2010)
During the bid phase, the final plans will be circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process. By state law, the lowest responsible bidder is awarded the construction contract. The bid phase of a project typically lasts 4 to 5 months.

Construction Phase (Completed February 2012)
Throughout construction, efforts will be made to minimize disruption to nearby property owners. Construction of proposed improvements will be supervised by City inspectors. Notifications of key construction dates will be mailed to residents prior to construction. Because projects vary in size, the typical construction phase of a project can last from 3 months to over 2 years.

Project Team  

Danee McGee, P.E., C.F.M.
City Project Manager

Monica Jarrett, E.I.
City Project Manager

Donna Bost
City Construction Inspector

Gary Stansbury
City Construction Manager

Amy Bice, E.I.
Watershed Area Manager

Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager


September 2011
January 2011

January 2010
February 2009 
January 2009
September 2008 
May 2008

Meeting Minutes

April 30, 2009

May 1, 2008

February 16, 2006