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Irwin Creek Watershed
Irwin Creek Location: Portions of northern and western Charlotte

A unique creek: Most industrial watershed in Charlotte-Mecklenburg with 18 percent of land zoned for industry

Name game: Irwin Creek is sometimes confused with Irvins Creek. Irwin Creek is on the northwest side of Charlotte. Irvins Creek is on the city's southeast side and in the McAlpine Watershed

Approximate square miles of land:
29.98 square miles 

Estimated population in the watershed:

1990

2000

2010

60,647

59,235

65,729


Drains into: Sugar Creek / Catawba River Watershed

Creeks and named tributaries in the watershed: Irwin Creek, Irwin Creek Tributary, Stewart Creek, Stewart Creek Tributary #1, Stewart Creek Tributary #2, Stewart Creek Tributary #3, Kennedy Branch

Miles of perennial streams (always have water): 44.583

Impaired streams: Irwin Creek from source to Sugar Creek

Reason for impairment: Turbidity, copper, lack of fish-species diversity, fecal coliform bacteria, lead and zinc

Number of structures (800 square feet or larger) in the regulated floodplain: 135 buildings are located in the FEMA No Build zone

Land use:
 Irwin Creek vicinity map

Woods

Bare

Residential

Institutional

Industrial

Commercial

Water

Roads

15.6%

11.2%

38.5%

3.6%

18.6%

7.8%

0.3%

4.4%


Landmarks: Bank of America Stadium, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Discovery Place, Duke Energy headquarters, Mint Museum Uptown, Third Ward (uptown,) Fourth Ward (uptown,) Junction of I-85 and I-77, Junction of I-77 and I-277 (Belk and Brookshire Freeways)

Larger neighborhoods/areas: Nevin, Allen Hills, University Park, Enderly Park, Washington Heights, Crater Park, western Derita, Oaklawn, Double Oaks, Biddleville, Wesley Heights, Wilmore, Westover Hills, Third Ward, Fourth Ward, western Dilworth, Clanton Park, Arbor Glen

Zip Codes: 28202, 28203, 28206, 28208, 28216, 28217, 28269

Colleges: Johnson C. Smith University, Johnson & Wales

Schools:

Name

Address

Winding Springs Elementary

6601 Horace Mann Rd

Statesville Rd Elementary

5833 Milhaven Ln

University Park Elementary

2400 Hildebrand St

Lincoln Heights Elementary

1900 Newcastle St

Bruns Ave Elementary

501 S Bruns Av

Walter G. Byers Elementary

1415 Hamilton St

Druid Hills Elementary

2801 Lucena St

Reid Park Elementary

4108 Tyvola Rd West

Barringer Academic Center Elementary

1546 Walton Rd

Irwin Ave Elementary

329 N Irwin Av

West Charlotte High

2219 Senior Dr

Philip O. Berry Academy of Technology

1430 Alleghany St

Northwest School of the Arts

1415 Beatties Ford Rd

Ranson Middle

5850 Statesville Rd

JT Williams Middle

2400 Carmine St

Bishop Spaugh Community Academy Middle

1901 Herbert Spaugh Ln

Right Choices Alternative High

3114 Bank St

Double Oaks Pre-K

1326 Woodward Av

Amay James Pre-K

2414 Lester St

Oaklawn Language Academy

1810 Oaklawn Av

Ashley Park Elementary

2401 Belfast Dr

Marie G Davis Military & Global Leadership Academy

3343 Griffith St


Greenways:

Name

Status

Irwin-Stewart Greenway

2.9 miles complete


Public Libraries: Freedom Regional Library, West Boulevard Library, Betties Ford Library

Storm Water Services projects to improve water quality in this watershed:

Irwin Creek

Storm Water Services floodplain buyouts in this watershed

Irwin Creek Watershed map


Familiar sites in the Irwin Creek Watershed:

Bank of America Stadium during Panthers' game
Bank of America Stadium 

   

Discovery Place science museum 
Discovery Place

Bechtler Museum
Bechtler Museum 

    

Irwin Creek 
Irwin Creek