McDowell Creek - Birkdale to Gilead Road​

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Construction activities are complete for this project. Planting will continu​e until late Fall, 2016. The video below shows a (silent) flyover by drone of the reach of the project.

Stream restoration and water quality improvements
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services restored more than two miles of McDowell Creek in northwestern Mecklenburg County. Years of fast-paced growth had damaged the stream channel and affected water quality due to less open space to absorb excess rainfall. The increased amount of fast-moving water had eroded the stream banks. During restoration, damage to the stream was repaired, future erosion will be reduced and the stream will be adapted to the increasingly urban environment.

  • Repair erosion damage to the stream bed and banks
  • Stabilize stream channel to reduce future erosion
  • Reduce th​e amount of sediment (dirt particles) in the water
  • Limit future deposits of silt that can block the stream channel and clog culverts
  • Improve water quality​
  • Enhance aquatic life and wildlife
$2.5 million​

Pro​ject Team  

David Woodie, P.E.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services