North Carolina: Critical Infrastructure Restoration and Stream Protection

Duharts Creek in Gastonia, North Carolina, will be strengthened by restoring the stream, stabilizing the creek bank, and realigning critical water and power infrastructure.

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Gastonia, North Carolina: $5.98 Million

This is a Justice40 project.

History

Gastonia, which is in the Charlotte metropolitan area, is a historic center for textile manufacturing and was the site of the 1929 Loray Mill Strike, a key event in the labor movement. Duharts Creek is located along the east side of Gastonia. Frequent and increasingly severe rain events have left Duharts Creek vulnerable to flooding and caused significant erosion along the banks. Continued heavy rain events, and resulting erosion, have caused nuisance flooding and threatens to jeopardize the integrity of critical infrastructure lines.

Project Description

This federal grant funding will strengthen Duharts Creek by restoring the stream, stabilizing the creek bank and realigning critical water and power infrastructure. This design approach emphasizes nature-based solutions and materials with several recommendations including bank regrading, natural-fiber erosion control matting, and native plantings. The goal is to reduce the severity of erosion and encroachment from future flood events. These efforts will be completed in two phases. Phase one includes notice of grant award, preliminary design, permitting and final design. Phase two will include bidding and construction.

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Last updated August 19, 2022