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

Project Update 9/15/2015

Project Phase: Construction
First 7000' of stream construction complete.

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

Preparing for fall planting to begin in November.

Joint-partnership with Park and Recreation plans underway for future Greenway.

Great News Mecklenburg County! Check out this exciting update on the McDowell Creek stream restoration project to...

Posted by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services on Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Project Description: 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.

Storm Water Services begins a restoration project for McDowell Creek, improving water quality, habitat and mitigation,...

Posted by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services on Sunday, June 7, 2015
      • 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. This project will allow the creek to connect to the floodplain.

Time-lapse video below shows rainfall during construction phase (April, 2015).

From a trickle to a torrent. See how quickly this local creek’s stream elevation rises during a normal rain in the...

Posted by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services on Friday, April 24, 2015

Project cost: Total Design and Construction:  $2.5 million The stream's path clogged by sediment

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.


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