The first growing season of post-construction monitoring of the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration project is complete. Scientists found exciting results! The streams are stable and newly planted trees in the floodplain are growing. The streams created a place for fish and bugs to live in the water. Scientists observed many frogs and salamanders living in the newly restored habitat. Frogs, salamanders and other amphibians do not live in the streams because they do not need water at all times during the year. Instead, they live in pools beside the streams that are dry during the summer and wet during the winter and spring. This winter there are lots of pools beside the stream channels at Reedy Creek for wildlife to make their home!
This month, monitoring crews have been on-site at the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration Project. Now that construction of the project has been completed for approximately eight months, these crews are tracking the stability of the streams and how trees and vegetation are responding to the stream restoration efforts.
What a great day to celebrate our Reedy Creek Stream Restoration Project! This project has transformed Reedy Creek into a healthy stream system. It restored, enhanced and preserved over 40,000 feet of stream. We’ve improved water quality, fish and aquatic habitat, and restored an environmental gem for our residents to enjoy today and for generations to come. Thank you to our partners!
Construction on the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration project is now 100% complete. Planting crews have installed native plants throughout the project. Wildlife has already been spotted enjoying the newly restored habitat. The trails are now open for the public to enjoy as well, including two new bridges in the park. The City will continue to monitor the success of the project over the next five years. Continue to check back for annual updates and photos.
Reedy Creek construction is now 98% complete. Crews are planting native trees to shade the stream and provide habitat for animals. Surveyors are collecting data to map the newly constructed streams. Below is a before and after photo of Reedy Creek, which is the main creek of the project. Stay tuned for more progress updates!
Construction on the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration Project is approximately 60% complete. The following streams have been constructed and seeded with grasses:
- Upper Sassafras Creek
- Sassafras Creek
- Buckleigh Branch
- Hodges Branch
- Grier Branch
- Upper Hood Creek
- Hood Creek Reach 1
- South Fork
Construction will continue through the winter. Trees will be planted in the floodplain during the winter. Please check out the interactive map for a few pictures of completed construction.
Construction is underway at the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration project. Construction crews have completed 2,000 feet of new stream channel. The new stream channel has lots of areas for fish and bugs to live. Landscape crews are currently planting trees. Construction will continue for another year. Please continue to stay off the closed trails for your safety and check the website for updates.
North State Environmental construction crews are gearing up to start construction on the Reedy Creek Stream Restoration Project. On November 1st, crews will arrive on site, accessing the park off Plaza Road Extension, and begin clearing the path for the new stream channel. You may see parked construction equipment sooner. Expect construction to last for a year and a half. Sierra Loop, Robinson Rockhouse, and South Fork trails will be closed during construction.
If you would like more information about the project, please contact William Harris, City of Charlotte project manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (704) 353-1147.