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A Watershed Approach to Environmental Restoration in Mecklenburg County David A. Woodie, PE, CPSWQ Mecklenburg County Land Use & Environmental Services.

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1 A Watershed Approach to Environmental Restoration in Mecklenburg County David A. Woodie, PE, CPSWQ Mecklenburg County Land Use & Environmental Services Agency Special Thanks to: Emily G. Reinicker, PE, CFM Jason Claudio-Diaz, PE, CFM Wildlands Engineering, Inc. Kimley-Horn and Assoc., Inc.

2 WATERSHED / BASINS 330± miles of FEMA streams330± miles of FEMA streams 32 watersheds32 watersheds All water in Mecklenburg County (except Catawba River) originates in Mecklenburg CountyAll water in Mecklenburg County (except Catawba River) originates in Mecklenburg County

3 Presentation Overview Early Planning Process Funding Partners and Stakeholders Overview Map Project Reaches Monitoring Program Mecklenburg County Water Quality Making a difference

4 Early Planning Process Master Plan Set in Motion after flooding in 1997; FEMA Buyouts 2000 Little Sugar Creek Master Plan adopted by BOCC 2004 Stakeholders Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services Funding Partners FEMA Buyout Grants Clean Water Management Trust Fund NCDOT Ped Grants NC Ecosystem Enhancement Program NC Division of Water Resources Charlotte DOT

5 WATERSHED / BASINS Little Sugar Creek Little Sugar CreekWatershed Collects East side of GreaterCollects East side of Greater Uptown Charlotte.Uptown Charlotte. Over 43% imperviousOver 43% impervious

6 Little Sugar Creek Watershed Overview Map Nine Projects in the Ground over Twelve Years.

7 Little Sugar Creek Watershed Project Reaches Hidden Valley Ecological Park Cullman Avenue Water Quality Enhancement Project 7 th Street Reach at Central Piedmont Community College Elizabeth Reach of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway Midtown Reach of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway Kings Drive Reach of the Little Sugar Creek Greenway Liz Hair Nature Trail Freedom Park Mitigation Project Westfield Environmental Restoration

8 Little Sugar Creek Hidden Valley Ecological Park Project Overview Drainage area 1.5 sq miles 3,500 LF and12 BMP cells Floodplain buyout 17 homes Project Goals Improve WQ Habitat Restoration Primary Sponsor: CMSWS with CWMTF Design date Construction date Construction Cost $3.1M

9 Little Sugar Creek Hidden Valley Ecological Park Site photos

10 Little Sugar Creek Hidden Valley Ecological Park Site photos

11 Little Sugar Creek Hidden Valley Ecological Park

12 Site photos

13 Little Sugar Creek Cullman Avenue Project Overview Drainage area 3.4 sq mi 1,100 LF and Bioretention BMP Project Goals Water Quality Enhancement Habitat Restoration Primary Sponsor: CMSWS Design Construction Construction Cost $260K

14 Little Sugar Creek Cullman Avenue

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17 Little Sugar Creek Greenway Urban Reaches ELIZABETH REACH MIDTOWN REACH KINGS DRIVE REACH

18 Little Sugar Creek Greenway: Elizabeth Reach Project Overview Drainage area 10.2 sq mi 3,500 LF and BMP Pond Project Goals Habitat Restoration Water Quality Primary Sponsor: CMSWS Design Construction Construction Cost $450K

19 Site photos Little Sugar Creek Greenway: Elizabeth Reach

20 Little Sugar Creek Greenway: Midtown Reach Project Overview Drainage area 10.6 sq mi 3,500 LF and BMP Pond Project Goals Habitat Restoration Water Quality Primary Sponsor: CMSWS Design Construction Construction Cost $130K

21 Little Sugar Creek Greenway: Midtown Reach Before Demolition 1999 Aerial

22 Little Sugar Creek Greenway: Midtown Reach

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24 Little Sugar Creek Greenway: Kings Drive Reach Project Overview Drainage area 11.5 sq miles 2,000 LF and Wetland BMPs Project Goals Habitat Restoration Water Quality Greemway Primary Sponsor: CMSWS Design Construction Construction Cost $1.35M

25 Site photos Little Sugar Creek Greenway: Kings Drive Reach 1999 Aerial 2005 Aerial

26 Site photos Little Sugar Creek Greenway: Kings Drive Reach

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28 Little Sugar Creek Liz Hair Nature Trail Project Overview Drainage area 12.0 sq mi 3,400 LF Project Goals Habitat Restoration Primary Sponsor: CMSWS Design 2003 Construction 2004 Construction Cost $130K

29 Little Sugar Creek Liz Hair Nature Trail

30 Little Sugar Creek Freedom Park Mitigation Project Project Overview Drainage area 13.6 sq mi 4,400 LF Project Goals Mitigation Credit Primary Sponsor: NC EEP Design 2002 Construction 2003 Construction Cost $1.8M

31 Little Sugar Creek Freedom Park Mitigation Project

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34 Little Sugar Creek Westfield Environmental Restoration Project Overview Drainage area 15.0 sq mi 5,200 LF and 7 BMP cells Project Goals Habitat Restoration Water Quality Greenway Primary Sponsors CMSWS, Park & Rec Design 2003 Construction 2004 Construction Cost $2.49M

35 Site photos Little Sugar Creek Westfield Environmental Restoration

36 Site photos Little Sugar Creek Westfield Environmental Restoration


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