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McDowell Creek Stream Restoration

Westmoreland Road (Cornelius) to Sam Furr Road (Huntersville)

Stream restoration is an important part of Storm Water Services' plans for the McDowell Watershed.  A 7,500 foot reach of McDowell Creek from Westmoreland Road in Cornelius to Sam Furr Road in Huntersville is to be restored. 

Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation also plans to create the Upper McDowell Creek Greenway
along that segment of restored stream.

Map of restoration area.
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  • return the streams' paths to a more natural pattern
  • stabilize eroding stream banks
  • revitalize surrounding floodplains
  • improve overall water quality
  • improving aquatic and terrestrial habitat along the project corridor

Restoring the stream bed and banks will not prevent it from flooding.

Yet to be determined

Sources of Funding:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services
Natural Resources Conservation Services
Additional funding to be determined at a later date

Project Schedule:

Planning and Design (Completed April 2008):
Buck Engineering (Baker)

Construction Dates:
To be determined. Delayed due to easement acquisition issues.

Project Managers:

Crystal Taylor, P.E.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services

Gwen Cook
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation