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McAlpine Creek - Lancer Drive to Sentinel Post Road

Environmental Restoration and Floodplain Enhancement

When the greenway was built along a section of McAlpine Creek, the stream banks and surrounding floodplain from Lancer Drive to Sentinel Post Road were given a facelift.  They now help store excess water and filter contaminants from storm water runoff.  

Completed: 2002

Objectives:

-Restore the wetlands' natural ability of removing storm water pollutants

-Create public awareness of natural floodplains and the role of wetlands in protecting water quality

Cost: $317,679

Sources of Funding:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services: $108,679
North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund: $209,000
McAlpine Creek
The enhanced floodplain helps protect water quality and reduce flood risks
The enhanced floodplain helps protect water
quality and reduce flood risks

Before this project, unfiltered storm water runoff flowed directly into McAlpine Creek.  Now, the runoff has been diverted into 20-acres of floodplain that have been specially enhanced.  Natural materials were added to the floodplain soil to allow it to soak up more water.  Wetlands were created to slow the flow of runoff into the creek and create habitat for wildlife. 

Nest boxes were added to attract birds and signs were put up along the greenway to educate people about floodplain and environmental initiatives.