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Upper Stoney Creek Stream Restoration Project

The Upper Stoney Creek Stream Restoration will improve water quality within the Mallard Creek Drainage Basin.  The Restoration, Enhancement and Preservation work will be to Upper Stoney Creek and its tributaries which are upstream of Mallard Creek Road.  These channels are approximately 7,500 linear feet and are located within and near the Mallard Creek Community Park. This project will create, enhance, and protect forested riparian areas and aquatic habitat.

 Upper Stoney Creek Project Area Map Michael Baker Engineering, Inc. is the consulting engineering firm for this project and Blythe Construction in the contractor. Stream Restoration Projects have several phases- please see below for more detailed descriptions and timeframes of the project phases which have been completed. 


  • Changing the stream path to a more natural design
  • Stabilizing eroded creek banks
  • Restoring the floodplain to its natural state and function
  • Enhancing water quality
  • Construct Stormwater Co​ntrol Measures to reduce the pollution in Stoney Creek and its tributaries.
  • Improve habitat and stream conditions utilizing stabilization and restoration techniques.

Cost:  To Be Determined​
Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, permits and landscaping.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) project team manages the Upper Stoney Creek Stream Restoration Project through the phases listed below.  A general description and range of typical timeframes for project phases has been given.  Specific work is conducted during each phase while an emphasis is made on public involvement throughout the entire project.

Planning Phase (Completed)
During the planning phase, questionnaires were used to obtain input from property owners.  Several stream segments, a wetland and potential locations for Best Management Practices (BMP's) in the drainage basin were determined.  Restoration and stabilization opportunities versus implementation costs were explored.  Ultimately, the most cost effective alternative to provide reduction of erosion, stabilize stream segments and restore the floodplain for water quality benefit  was chosen. The planning phase of a project typically lasts 12 to 27 months.  In this instance, planning was completed in 24 months.
Upper Stoney Creek construction

Design Phase (Completed)
During the design phase, construction drawings for the alternative selected during the planning phase are developed.  Many details must be addressed including the determination of specific pipe sizes and alignments, channel widths and restoration levels, inlet sizes and locations, utility relocations, and easement locations.  The design phase of a project typically lasts 21 to 34 months. This phase was completed in 14 months.

Permitting Phase (Completed)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits are obtained from Federal and State governments.  Other permits such as permission to work within railroad and NCDOT rights-of-way will be obtained during this phase.  The permitting phase of a project typically lasts 3 to 9 months.  The permitting phase of this project overlapped the design phases.

Property Easement/Acquisition (Completed)
The City's real estate staff worked with Mecklenburg County to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs), and Conservation Easements (CEs). The City typically requests that SDEs and CEs be donated to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance. In addition to SDEs, temporary construction easements were needed to access work areas. The easement acquisition phase of a project typically lasts 8 to 12 months.

Bid Phase (Completed)
During the bid phase, the final plans were circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process.

Upper Stoney Creek construction 

Construction Phase (Completed)
Throughout construction, efforts were made to minimize disruption to nearby property owners. Construction of proposed improvements were supervised by City inspectors. Notifications of key construction dates were mailed to residents prior to construction. Because projects vary in size, the typical construction phase of a project can last from 3 months to over 2 years. This project took 2 years to complete.

Project Team

Danee McGee, P.E., C.F.M.
City Project Manager

Doug Lozner, P.E.
Watershed Area Manager

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


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