Sources of Funding:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services: $103,144
North Carolina Department of Natural Resources: $154,716
The project included retrofitting 13 LID structures into existing development in the Goose Creek Watershed to reduce the amount of pollution in storm water runoff and to help educate developers and builders. Nine rain gardens, an enhanced grassed swale, a level spreader, and a reforested area were installed at Mint Hill Park on Fairview Road and one rain garden was installed at Bain Elementary School.
Rain gardens filter storm water runoff through a sand/soil mixture before discharging cleaner water through a drain underneath. Plants in the rain garden help to remove pollutants such as excess phosphorus and nitrogen through their roots. Grass swales help to slow down storm water runoff and remove sediment and other pollutants. The level spreader collects storm water runoff and releases it evenly across the surface of the land. This allows the water to soak into the soil, reducing erosion and the risk of flooding.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services