Construction Complete for New City Bioretention Area
City Stormwater crews have completed work on the brand-new bioretention area located at 2124 Lynnwood Drive in the Glen Meade neighborhood. While plants still need to be added to the installation, the construction portion of the project is finished.
The installation treats 33.4 acres of polluted stormwater runoff before it enters Hewletts Creek (and then the ocean). To help fund the project, the City partnered with the North Carolina Coastal Federation and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension for an Environmental Enhancement Grant. The grant paid for the acquisition of the property, with City Council passing the resolution to accept the property on November 17th 2015.
Along with the site installation, the Glen Meade community has been targeted for a neighborhood outreach campaign to increase understanding and buy-in for the project. Residents have received an educational postcard and door hanger, and have been surveyed for pre- construction stormwater knowledge. There will also be a rain-barrel giveaway and a post-construction survey to gauge the success of the campaign.