Surface Water Quality

​​Watershed Improvement

There are many waterbodies throughout Charlotte and Mecklenburg County that are designated as "impaired" by the State of North Carolina because of degraded water quality and/or degraded habitat and aquatic life. This degradation has largely resulted from the impacts of historical stormwater management practices implemented prior to current surface water quality regulations and the impacts of urbanization.

Watersheds require innovative water quality improvement activities 
to overcome many years of degradation and continued sources of pollution. 

We aim to protect and improve the water quality of streams and lakes so they are no longer considered "impaired". This will require decades of programs that reduce erosion, restore natural features, and reduce polluted stormwater runoff. The following provides information about our programs that accomplish these goals. Please click on any of the links below for more information.