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Glassy Creek Stream Restoration Project
The Glassy Creek Stream Restoration is intended to improve water quality to the City's urban stream system.  There is potential for restoration, enhancement and preservation work to the open channels starting at the upstream channel (Bank Street) and extending to the downstream channel (Barringer Drive) with its outlet at Irwin Creek.  These channels are approximately 3,500 linear feet and are located along private and public property. This project will create, enhance, and protect forested riparian areas and aquatic habitat.

Wildlands Engineering, Inc. is the consulting engineering firm for this project and this project is currently in the Construction Phase. Stream Restoration Projects have several phases- please see below for more detailed descriptions and timeframes of the upcoming phases and phases which have been completed.


  • Changing the stream path to a more natural design
  • Stabilizing eroded creek banks
  • Restoring the floodplain to its natural state and function
  • Enhancing water quality
  • Improve habitat for aquatic life and improve stream conditions utilizing stabilization and restoration techniques.

Cost:  $1.9 million
Please note that this figure includes all costs associated with the project such as planning and design, utility relocation, consultant fees, construction, permits and landscaping.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) project team will manage the Glassy Creek Stream Restoration Project through the phases listed below.  A general description and range of typical timeframes for project phases has been given.  Specific work is conducted during each phase while an emphasis is made on public involvement throughout the entire project.

Planning Phase (January 2010 - December 2010)
The planning phase of a project typically lasts 12 to 27 months. This phase lasted 12 months.

Design Phase (November 2010 - August 2012)
During the design phase, construction drawings for the alternative selected during the planning phase are developed. Many details must be addressed including the determination of specific pipe sizes and alignments, channel widths and restoration levels, inlet sizes and locations, utility relocations, and easement locations. The design phase of a project typically lasts 21 to 34 months. This phase lasted 20 months.

Permitting Phase (June 2011 – July 2012)

During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits were obtained from Federal and State governments. The permitting phase of a project typically lasts 3 to 9 months. The permitting phase of a project may overlap other phases.

Property Easement/Acquisition (August 2009 – September 2013)
The City's real estate staff works with citizens and businesses to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs) and Conservation Easements (CEs). The City has acquired all SDEs and CEs needed to provide access to properties to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance. In addition to SDEs, temporary construction easements were needed to access work areas. City Real Estate Staff are currently working with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to accommodate their specific needs and when this process is complete bid phase will begin.

Bid Phase (September 2013- April 2014)
During the bid phase, the final plans will be circulated to qualified contractors for a competitive bidding process.  By state law, the lowest responsible bidder is awarded the construction contract.  The bid phase of a project typically lasts 5 to 6 months.

Construction Phase (End by Spring 2015​)
Throughout construction, efforts will be made to minimize disruption to nearby property owners.  Construction of proposed improvements will be supervised by City inspectors.  Notifications of key construction dates and will be mailed to residents prior to construction.  Construction for this project is anticipated to take one year.

Project Team

Danee McGee, P.E., C.F.M.
City Project Manager

Doug Lozner, P.E.
Watershed Area Manager

Matthew Gustis, P.E.
City Engineering Team Program Manager


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