Abstract: Session F  3:30 pm (Back to Session F)

From Buyout to Restoration: The Chantilly Ecological Sanctuary at Briar Creek

Aaron Earley, PE, CFM
Wildlands Engineering, Inc.
Charlotte, NC

Authors: Aaron Earley, PE, CFM, Wildlands Engineering; Crystal Goode, Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services

Mecklenburg County Storm Water Services and the City of Charlotte Stormwater Services have partnered to design and implement a stream enhancement and water quality improvement project along Briar Creek in a densely developed commercial and residential area of the City of Charlotte. Previously, a significant portion of the project site contained the Doral and Cavalier residential apartment complexes located within the 100‐year floodplain. Prior to initiating design, Mecklenburg County purchased and removed the flood‐prone buildings as part of the FEMA flood mitigation buyout program. This provided the space necessary to expand the existing community park, incorporate stormwater quality retrofits, and restore three stream reaches.

The overall goals of the project are to restore the stream channels, improve water quality through improved stormwater management, and obtain stream restoration mitigation credits for the City of Charlotte’s Mitigation Banking Instrument.

The presentation will cover the FEMA buyout process, partnering coordination design process for the stream restoration and BMP retrofits, generation of stream mitigation credits, and stakeholder and utility coordination for the project. Construction was completed in January 2018.