High quality streams need natural features to be healthy. These features include stable stream banks, wide buffers of woody vegetation, sinuosity, and unobstructed access to floodplains.
Stream & Wetland Restoration Projects improve water quality and aquatic life by reducing erosion and restoring habitat in streams, floodplains and wetlands. Some projects improve sinuosity to a stream, plant woody stream corridors, and give the stream access to the floodplain. Other projects incorporate green infrastructure practices, such as ponds or rain gardens, to reduce stormwater pollutants and manage stormwater flowing into streams. Some do both.
Between 2003 and 2016 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services improved approximately 30 miles of streams and either improved or preserved 18 acres of wetlands throughout Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. See the interactive map below to learn more about specific restoration projects.