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Long Creek Watershed
Location description: Northwestern Mecklenburg County including southern/western Huntersville and northwest Charlotte

A unique creek: I-485 crosses Long Creek and its tributaries more than a half-dozen times. Runoff from roads can increase pollution levels in creeks.

Approximate square miles of land: 36.33 Square miles

Estimated population:

Long Creek at northlake mall rain garden

1990

2000

2010

14,127

23,197

44,019


Drains into: Mountain Island Lake / Catawba River Watershed

Creeks and named tributaries in the watershed: Long Creek, Long Creek Tributary #1, Long Creek Tributary #2, Long Creek Tributary #3, Dixon Branch Tributary, Gum Branch, Gutter Branch, McIntyre Creek

Miles of perennial streams (always have water): 55.052

Impaired streams: Long Creek

Reason for impairment: Turbidity and copper View the Water Quality Recovery Plan

Number of structures (800 square feet or larger) in the regulated floodplain: 85 buildings are located in the FEMA no Build Zone 
 Long Creek vicinity map

Land use:

Woods

Bare

Residential

Institutional

Industrial

Commercial

Water

Roads

32.1%

17.9%

32.5%

1.5%

8.5%

3.5%

0.2%

3.8%


Landmarks: Northlake Mall, Alexandriana Historic Site, Junction of I-77 and I-485 (north side), Carolina Rehabilitation Center, Oak Hills Golf Course, US National Whitewater Center

Larger neighborhoods/areas: Oakdale, Northlake, Wedgewood, Henderson Circle, Twin Lakes, Coulwood

Zip Codes: 28078,28214,28216,28269

Schools:

Name

Address

Blythe Elementary

12202 Hambright Rd

Hornets Nest Elementary

6700 Beatties Ford Rd

Oakdale Elementary

1825 Oakdale Rd

Mountain Island Elementary

7905 Pleasant Grove Rd

North Mecklenburg High

11201 Old Statesville Rd

Coulwood Middle

500 Kentberry Dr

Paw Creek Elementary

1300 Cathey Rd

Whitewater Academy

11600 White Rapids Rd

Whitewater Middle

10201 Running Rapids Rd


Parks/greenways:

Name

Address

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE BUILDING

5841  BROOKSHIRE BV

ALEXANDRIANA HISTORIC SITE

9921 OLD STATESVILLE RD

HISTORIC TUCKESEGEE FORD REGIONAL PARK

820  HAWFIELD RD

SHUFFLETOWN COMMUNITY PARK

9530 BELLHAVEN BV

COULWOOD COMMUNITY PARK

100 COULWOOD PARK DR

HORNETS NEST REGIONAL PARK

6331 BEATTIES FORD RD

MCINTYRE HISTORIC SITE

5801 MCINTYRE AV


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

McIntyre Creek - Hornets Nest Park

Long Creek Watershed map


Familiar sites in the Long Creek Watershed:

Long Creek
Long Creek    

 

North Lake Mall
Northlake Mall 

Sign at Hornets Nest Park
Hornet's Nest Park 

 

Shelter house
Picnic shelter at Hornet's Nest