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.
  • Sometimes Storm Water Services utilizes consultants to perform feasibility analyzes 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 
Stephanie Roberts-Bowman, Project Manager

Long Creek Stream Restoration
David Woodie, Project Manager​

Lakewood Stream Restoration

Bria​n Wilson, Project Manager

Newell Stream Restoration
Sha​wn C. McDonald, PE, CPESC, Project Manager

McDowell Creek downstream of North Meck Park
Brian Sikes, Project Manager

West Branch Rocky River Stream Restoration
David Woodie, Project Manager

Willow Pond Stream Restoration
David Woodie, Project Manager