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McAlpine-Clem Creek Watershed
Location description: South Charlotte, all but southern-most section of Matthews

A unique creek: Largest amount of land and most miles of stream of any Charlotte-Mecklenburg watershed. McAlpine was originally called “McAlpins Creek.”

Name game: Irvins Creek and Irwin Creek are often confused. Irvins Creek flows into McAlpine in southeast Charlotte. Irwin Creek is on Charlotte's northwest side.

Approximate square miles of land: 59.18 square miles

Estimated population of this watershed:

1990

2000

2010

103,629

137,658

167,993


Drains into: York County, SC / Catawba River Watershed

Creeks and named tributaries in the watershed: McAlpine Creek, McAlpine Creek Tributary #1, McAlpine Creek Tributary #1A, McAlpine Creek Tributary #3, Campbell Creek, Irvins Creek, Irvins Creek Tributary #1, Rea Branch, Sardis Branch, Swan Branch, Clem's Branch

Miles of perennial streams (always have water): 99.065

Impaired streams: McAlpine Creek from source to state line

Reason for impairment: Copper, lack of diversity of aquatic insects, fecal coliform bacteria

Number of structures (800 square feet or larger) in the regulated floodplain:
341 structures of 800 feet are located in the floodplain
 McAlpine Creek / Clem Creek vicinity map
Land use:

Woods

Bare

Residential

Institutional

Industrial

Commercial

Water

Roads

16.8%

7.8%

61.5%

2.6%

1.8%

7.5%

0.5%

1.5%


McAlpine Creek near Ballantyne
Ballantyne is in the McAlpine Watershed

Landmarks: Eastland Mall, Crown Point, Windsor Square, Carmel Country Club, Mint Hill Town Hall Green, Levine Senior Center in Matthews, Presbyterian Hospital Matthews ,Carolina HealthCare Arboretum, Carolina HealthCare Ballantyne, Carolina HealthCare Eastland, Carolina HealthCare Matthews, Hickory Grove Library, Independence Regional Library, Mint Hill Library, Carl J. McEwen Historic Village in Mint Hill

Larger neighborhoods: Arboretum, Eastland, Providence, Matthews, Stonehaven, Ballantyne, Marlwood Acres, Idlewild Farms, Waverly Lake, Sardis Woods, Olde Providence, Raintree
Schools:

Name

Address

Lebanon Rd Elementary

7300 Lebanon Rd

Piney Grove Elementary

8801 Eaglewind Dr

Idlewild Elementary

7101 Idlewild Rd

Lansdowne Elementary

6400 Prett Ct

Greenway Park Elementary

8301 Monroe Rd

Crown Point Elementary

3335 Sam Newell Rd

Olde Providence Elementary

3800 Rea Rd

Albemarle Rd Elementary

7800 Riding Trail Rd

Providence High

1800 Pineville-Matthews

Independence High

1967 Patriot Dr

Albemarle Rd Middle

6900 Democracy Dr

Carmel Middle

5001 Camilla Dr

Crestdale Middle

940 Sam Newell Rd

Northeast Middle

5960 Brickstone Dr

Endhaven Elementary

6815 Endhaven Ln

Mint Hill Middle

11501 Idlewild Rd

Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy

7000 Endhaven Ln

Charlotte Secondary

8310 McAlpine Park Dr


Large public parks/greenways:

Name

Address

ALBEMARLE ROAD CENTER

5027 N IDLEWILD RD

ALBEMARLE ROAD COMMUNITY PARK

9120 E W T HARRIS BV

CEDARWOOD NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

6624 REDDMAN RD

CAMPBELL CREEK COMMUNITY PARK

6601 BARCLIFFE DR

EZELL FARM COMMUNITY PARK

4130 WELL RD

IDLEWILD ROAD REGIONAL PARK

10512 IDLEWILD RD

INDEPENDENCE POINTE NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

INDEPENDENCE POINTE PY

JAMES BOYCE COMMUNITY PARK

300 BOYCE RD

MAYERLING DRIVE NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

8420 LAWYERS RD

MCALPINE CREEK REGIONAL PARK

8711  MONROE RD

MASON WALLACE COMMUNITY PARK

7301 MONROE RD

OLDE PROVIDENCE COMMUNITY PARK

3800 REA RD

RAMA ROAD NEIGHBORHOOD PARK

1035 RAMA RD

REDDMAN ROAD COMMUNITY PARK

REDDMAN RD


Greenways

Status

Campbell Creek Greenway

Proposed

McAlpine Creek Greenway

Proposed






Zip Codes: 28105, 28134, 28211, 28212, 28226, 28227, 28270

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

        McAlpine Creek (multiple projects)

Storm Water Services floodplain buyouts in this watershed

McAlpine Creek / Clem Creek Watershed map


Familiar sites in the McAlpine Creek Watershed:

McAlpine Creek
McAlpine Creek 

      

Eastland Mall building
Eastland Mall building 

Arboretum shopping center 
Arboretum shopping center

       

Ballantyne sign and flowers 
Ballantyne