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Ivey’s Pond and Dam Enhancement Project

Ivey's Pond

The objectives of the Ivey’s Pond Project are to preserve and enhance the water quality and flood control benefits provided by the pond.  These objectives will be achieved by constructing a new primary outlet structure. 

Ivey's Pond is situated between Rainbow Forest Dr & Oak Pond Cir in South Charlotte.  The primary outlet structure, a corrugated metal riser pipe, is severely deteriorated and at risk of completely failing.  In addition the pond currently lacks a bottom drain necessary to meet current Dam Safety requirements.  The proposed improvements include installing a pond drain and constructing a new primary outlet structure.
Estimated Cost:  $1.4 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 Ivey’s Pond Project through the phases listed below.

Planning Phase (Completed September 2008)
During the planning phase, several improvement alternatives were developed and evaluated to determine the best solution.  A recommended alternative was selected and used as a guide for the design. 

Design Phase (Completed May 2011)
The engineering consultant worked closely with Storm Water Services to develop the design.  The design is not considered complete till all permits are obtained as the regulatory agencies provide input which has influence the final design.  Personnel from City of Charlotte, the engineering consultant, land surveyors, wetland specialists, and geotechnical engineers will be working in the area collecting information necessary to complete the design.

Permitting Phase (Completed May 2011)
During the permitting phase, the required water quality permits are obtained from Federal and State governments.  Other permits such as permission to work within CMU rights-of-way will be obtained during this phase.  The design must also be approved by North Carolina Dam Safety.  The permitting phase of a project may overlap other phases.

Property Easement/Acquisition (Completed)
The City works with citizens and organizations to acquire Storm Drainage Easements (SDEs) and Temporary Construction Easements (TCEs).  The City requests that SDEs and TCEs be donated to provide access to the affected properties to make the recommended improvements and provide future maintenance.  All essential easements were obtained by 2010.

Bid Phase (Completed October 2011)
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.  Blythe Development Company was awarded the construction contract.

Construction Phase (Completed July 2012) 
There are two noticeable phases on projects like this one: major construction and revegetation. The major construction is complete as of July 2012. Major construction involves earth work, concrete work, and other activities typically associated with a construction project. The contractor still has some minor work to complete such as cutting back vegetation on the face of the dam and addressing punch list items.

The revegetation phase has begun. The contractor has been revegetating disturbed areas as work in those areas has been completed. This phase can take a couple growing seasons and is susceptible to things like drought.

During construction the pond’s water surface was lowered about six feet for safety purposes. This still left a pool for the fish and turtles. Rain events raised the pond’s water level, but the contractor pumped it down again. This will continue for a little while.

Since this dam is regulated by Dam Safety, Dam Safety must review the construction records before the pond’s water surface level can be kept at the normal pool elevation (the water level you are accustomed to seeing). Dam Safety granted us permission to fill the pond to normal depth in January 2013. Thanks to the rain we received, it filled up pretty fast and is now operating as designed. 

Project Team

Gregory M. Cole, P.E.
City Project Manager
Gina Hodges
City Construction Inspector

John Schrum, P.E.
Senior Water Quality Engineer

Gary Stansbury
City Construction Manager

Amy Bice
Watershed Area Manager

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


July 2012
June 2011
February 2011
October 2010

Meeting Minutes

September 20, 2010