Innovative Thinking: Local Stormwater Restoration Efforts

As efforts continue at the national, state, and local levels to better identify flood risk areas from stormwater runoff and focus on building resilient and sustainable communities, the City of Durham is undertaking the South Ellerbe Wetland and Stream Restoration Project near the Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina.

MA Engineering Consultants, Inc. (MAEC) is a sub-consultant to Wildlands Engineering, providing surveying, utility design, permitting, and construction inspection services for this wetland and stream restoration project at 808 W. Trinity Avenue.

According to The Herald-Sun’s article titled Wetlands and a boardwalk coming to downtown Durham 

South Ellerbe Creek is a tributary that flows into Falls Lake. The area receives rainwater runoff from two drainage basins that can include pollutants like nutrients from lawn fertilizer, sediment and litter, according to the City. The restoration will filter polluted water before it enters the creek. The nine-acre site will connect to the South Ellerbe Creek Trail and the future Durham Belt Line trail. A boardwalk and pedestrian bridge are also part of the South Ellerbe Creek stormwater restoration project.

The stormwater feature will be built in several stages, and construction will continue through 2020.