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Proposed Regional Wastewater Treatment Facility (Long Creek)
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mapWastewater from customers in Long Creek and Paw Creek Basins are currently pumped to Pineville. Click here for PDF.

For the last several decades, the area near where Long Creek empties into the Catawba River has been examined as the site of a potential wastewater treatment plant.

In 2007 a wastewater master plan identified the need for additional wastewater capacity for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department system including a new facility to serve the western portion of the county. Currently, wastewater from western Mecklenburg County is pumped about 25 miles to the McAlpine Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in Pineville.

Work was initiated in 2007-2008 to find a collaborative, regional approach to wastewater treatment in the area. Considering the subsequent slowdown in local growth and other impacts of the recession, current plans call for:

  • finalizing and submitting the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the State
  • establishing agreements with partnering organizations; and
  • re-evaluating the facility construction timetable based on more recent growth trends 
    and capacity  requirement projections.  

The latest update to Charlotte City Council on July 25, 2011 outlines this approach and an agreement with the Town of Belmont. The stakeholder group also received this update on October 27, 2011.

Long Creek WWTP EIS

Regional Approach
Preliminary studies indicate that a collaborative, regional approach with communities in Gaston County is a feasible and efficient solution. This would result in a shared treatment plant that would serve multiple jurisdictions. Utilities conducted an extensive Environmental Impact Statement that explored eight alternatives for the location and arrangement of the proposed plant. The site for the proposed facility is near the confluence of Long Creek and the Catawba River.

The analysis describes the direct and indirect environmental effects of the alternatives and how to best reduce those effects. It also includes extensive data on how the proposed plant would affect downstream water quality. 

This modeling showed a negligible change in future water quality compared with current conditions. 

Once complete, the EIS process will include several opportunities for public comment and discussion.


Water Quality
Protecting water quality is paramount in this project. NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources has issued very stringent speculative permit limits for the proposed plant. The latest in wastewater technology would be employed to protect Upper Lake Wylie from nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus. A regional approach would result in eliminating one or more existing wastewater discharges, which would improve downstream water quality.

This project is in early stages. The proposed plant is not under design, nor does Utilities plan to initiate the selection process for design or construction consultants until the EIS is complete and the permitting is well under way. 

Reventure Park
Utilities has been discussing partnership opportunities with Forsite Development, Inc. regarding its ReVenture Park, and "eco-industrial" park planned in the same area as the proposed regional treatment plant. We have engaged some technical consultants to help us explore what options exist to work together that achieve common goals and meet rigorous environmental standards. These conversations are preliminary, and no commitments have been made.

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Stakeholder Involvement
Utilities and Mount Holly conducted meetings with a broad range of stakeholders from summer 2007 through spring 2008 to provide input on the project. Stakeholders represented adjacent landowners and environmental, regulatory, economic development and downstream interests. The group provided valuable input on plant location alternatives, community-friendly features, odor control and sustainable design elements. For a list of agencies involved, please see below list. 

Stakeholder Agencies Invited to Participate in Developing Environmental Impact Statement
American & Efird, Inc.
ARCADIS G&M of NC
Catawba Lands Conservancy
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utilities Advisory Board
City of Belmont
City of Mount Holly
City of Rock Hill
Clariant
Crosland
Duke Energy
Gaston Chamber of Commerce
Gaston County Planning Department
Hawfield Road residents
Lake Wylie Marine Commission
Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation
Mount Holly Community Development Foundation
Mount Holly Utilities Committee
NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Quality of Natural Resources Commission
Riverfront Homeowners Association
SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
Sierra Club
Town of Stanley
US National Whitewater Center
York County, SC