Long Creek Phase I - I-77 to Dixon Branch Watershed & Stream Improvement

Overview​​​​​​​​​​  ​

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation are restoring the stream and constructing a greenway trail along Long Creek and Dixon Branch. Because the stream banks are eroding when Long Creek fills with stormwater, most of the trees located at the top of the bank are in decline and thousands of pounds of soil are washed away every year. This soil acts as a pollutant to our waterways and is responsible for destroying aquatic habitat and contaminating drinking water. Fallen trees clog pipes, damage bridges, and exacerbate flooding.  The stream restoration will prevent further soil and tree loss by reshaping the banks and planting thousands of trees and shrubs. A grant received from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund will partially fund the construction of this project. ​​​


  • Stabilize eroded stream banks
  • Restore the floodplain to its natural state and function
  • Change the stream path to a more natural design
  • Improve habitat for aquatic life
  • Enhance water quality
  • Improve stormwater control measures (SCMs) to reduce pollution ​

Estimated Cost: $2,400,000*

*includes all costs associated with this project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, permits, construction, and landscaping.

The project team will manage the project through several phases. Specific work is conducted during each phase. Public involvement is emphasized throughout the process.



PlanningCOMPLETEDJune 2018
DesignCOMPLETEDDecember 2019
PermittingCOMPLETEDMarch 2020

Project Team

Katie Lloyd
Park Planner
Brian G. Sikes
Project Manager
Aerial of a section of Long Creek.
Long Creek with trees fallen across creek.