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McDowell Creek (main stem)
Stream restoration and water quality improvements - Birkdale to Gilead Road 

​ What's new?

Project Phase: Construction
First 1000' of stream construction complete.

Local Partnership:  Working with Huntersville Public Works on storm drain improvements

Recent Rain:  The project site received <5” of rain mid-April 2015 with no problems. 

Stream surrounded by eroded banks
 The banks of McDowell Creek
are badly eroded

      Storm Water Services will restore more than two miles of McDowell Creek in northwestern Mecklenburg County.

Years of fast-paced growth has damaged the stream channel and affected water quality. More homes and businesses mean less open space to absorb excess rainfall. More runoff is now piped directly into the creek. The increased amount of fast-moving water has eroded the stream banks.

During restoration, damage to the stream will be repaired, future erosion will be reduced and the stream will be adapted to the increasingly urban environment. 

      • Repair erosion damage to the stream bed and banks
      • Stabilize stream channel to reduce future erosion
      • Reduce the amount of sediment (dirt particles) in the water
      • Limit future deposits of silt that can block the stream channel and clog culverts
      • Improve water quality
      • Enhance aquatic life and wildlife

This project will not increase or reduce flood risks.

June 2013 project mailer​​​
Project cost: Total Design and Construction:  $2.5 million

Funding sources:
      North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund: $400,000
      Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services: $2.1 million

Project schedule:
  Planning, design and permits: March 2013 to December 2014
     Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

  Construction: January 2015 to June 2016
     Contractor: Eagle Wood, Inc

Efforts will be made to minimize disruption to nearby property owners.

Stream with sand bar in middle
   The stream's path is now
    clogged by sediment

Project Manager:
David Woodie, P.E.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services