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.
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. Objectives:
• 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).