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Shade Valley Pond Rehabilitation

The Shade Valley Pond Rehabilitation Project is intended to improve the quality of storm water runoff and reduce flooding. The work included regrading the pond, construction of a forebay and littoral shelf, and upgrading the drainage inflow system and outlet control structure. Construction on this project was completed in November 2004.

In 2008, repair work will be performed on the outlet structure for this pond.

Project area map.


- Provide water quality benefits by rehabilitating an existing, degraded pond.
- Reduce flooding of streets and properties by upgrading the inflow and outflow systems that serve the pond.
- Provide an urban storm water BMP.

Cost: $800,000
Note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, permitting and landscaping.

The Charlotte Storm Water Services (CSWS) project team managed the Shade Valley Pond Rehabilitation Project. Efforts were made throughout the course of the project to keep the property owner informed, and to solicit information from the owner that would be helpful in the design process.

Planning Phase (Completed January 2003)
City staff worked with Camp, Dresser & McKee (CDM) to plan improvements in the Shade Valley project area. Problems in water quality were apparent due to the deteriorated condition of the pond. Potential flooding problems were identified through analyses by CDM of the drainage system. CDM developed alternative solutions to address the problem areas and alleviate flooding.

Design Phase (Completed March 2004)
Detailed construction drawings were prepared for the project as well as easement exhibits for the property owner directly affected by the construction. Numerous details were finalized, including pipe sizes and alignments, inlet sizes and locations, utility relocations, landscape changes, and easement requirements.

Permitting Phase (Concurrent with Design Phase)
During the permitting phase, permits were obtained from Federal and State agencies. Permit applications were submitted to the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Property Easement Acquisition Phase (Completed March 2004)
City staff worked directly with the affected property owner to acquire temporary and permanent easements for the project. The property owner was asked to grant easements to allow the City to access their properties for construction of the improvements and to conduct future maintenance of the system.

Bid Phase (Completed June 2004)
During the bid phase, construction plans were provided to qualified contractors for the preparation of construction bids. The City follows North Carolina regulations governing the bidding process; the lowest responsible bidder was selected to construct the project.

Construction (Completed November 2004)
Construction began in August 2004 and was completed in November 2004.

Project Team

Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager