GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Greenville Watershed Master Plan is nearing the final stages. After more than a year of investigation and planning, an open house Tuesday evening is giving residents the chance to see some of the projects that are part of the proposed plan.
“It’s important for citizens to be involved at all stages to recognize where our problems are when it comes to our waterways and storm water runoff and where we need to put our largest effort,” says Lisa Kirby, a senior engineer with the City of Greenville.
The watershed master plan is a first for the city. A pilot program to help clear up problems along Meeting House Branch several years ago was very successful, acting as a jumping off point for the current proposed plan. Some work has already started with several maintenance issues across the city being addressed.
“We were able to clear up a lot of clogged pipes, clogged systems that we didn’t even know existed at the time,” says Kirby. “So, we’ve been able to resolve quite a few localized flooding issues that we’ve had.”
But the plan is just getting started. City leaders will prioritize and fix problem areas with the goal of improving storm water flow and water quality city-wide.
“They’ll see a reduction in localized flooding,” says Kirby. “We’ve also identified stream stabilization projects which will help with sediment loading and erosion of private property as well as public property.”
Water quality is also part of the plan. Two streams, Greens Mill Run and Swift Creek, are currently listed on the state Division of Water Resources 303(d) Impaired Waterbodies List for poor water quality.
No specific projects have been green-lighted just yet, but Public Works hopes to have the master plan complete and present it to City Council by April 2016. From there, watershed improvement projects will be on-going. The plan will be revised every few years to account for any new issues.
Click here for more information on the city’s Watershed Master Plan.