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McAlpine Creek at Sardis Road

Stream Restoration and Floodplain Enhancement

Flash flooding and bank erosion had become increasing problems along sections of McAlpine Creek.  Storm Water Services reshaped and flattened the steep banks on a section of the creek just downstream from the Sardis Road Bridge.  This allows flood waters to spread out into low, flat areas next to the streams, reducing bank erosion.

Completed: March 2006

McAlpine Creek aerial view
McAlpine Creek's banks were redesigned to store some floodwater and keep precious soil from washing away
McAlpine Creek's banks were redesigned to store
some floodwater and keep precious soil from
washing away

Objectives:

  • Help stabilize the bank on the south side of the creek in order to prevent continued erosion
  • Create a floodplain bench along the stream bank to minimize the erosive force of the water during the high flow events

Cost: $100,000

Source of Funding:
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services: $100,000

Various storm water engineering methods were used to stabilize the stream banks.  This reduces the amount of sediment in the water, improves water quality and provides a better habitat for aquatic life.  Also, stabilization of stream banks helps to preserve the soil that holds tree roots in place.  This keeps trees from falling into the stream, blocking the channel and causing flooding.