The Reedy Creek Nature Preserve in northeast Charlotte is set to receive a $7 million facelift – the largest restoration project Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services has ever done.
They’ll be taking out some trees and reinforcing creek banks so that the creek can properly flood, making it easier to filter pollutants. Protecting fish and other wildlife is one of the main goals of the restoration, says Mecklenburg Parks and Recreation's Chris Matthews.
“This creek has been broken for decades. So we’re really trying to set the stream up to be a high quality stream and forest system for future generations,” Matthews says.
Construction along 8 miles of streams will begin in July, and take about two years.