Water Quality Improvement Projects

Feasibility Phase

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services starts several new projects each year to improve and protect the water quality of local streams. At the very beginning, a potential project is evaluated to determine if it is feasible and will continue on through the planning, design and construction phases. 

During this feasibility phase, several things occur:

  • Environmental conditions are assessed.
  • Surveys of potentially involved properties are conducted.
  • Measurements of water quality and aquatic habitat may be taken.
  • An evaluation of the drainage system's location and condition is conducted.
  • Properties where easements might be needed are identified and staff discusses and acquires easements from property owners.
  • A conceptual level design effort may occur.
  • A cost analysis is conducted to determine if the project meets Storm Water Services' standards and program goals. 

It is important to note:

  • The feasibility phase is used to determine if a project is viable and will continue on further. There is no certainty that the project will move on to construction.
  • On occasion, Storm Water Services utilizes consultants to perform feasibility analyses, including water quality monitoring or surveying.  Property owners may see these consultants working in the area.
  • Typically, there will not be any construction activity or heavy equipment used during the feasibility phase.
  • The feasibility phase of a project can range from six months to a year, or longer depending on the scale of the project and the time it takes to acquire easements.

Irwin Creek Stream Restoration
(From 200 feet downstream from I-85 to Statesville Road)

Stephanie Roberts-Bowman

Project Manager