Brentwood Today Stream Stabilization

Last updated Apr. 09, 2019 - 2:52 pm
  • Planning
  • Design
  • Construction
  • Completed
  • Stream Stabilization
  • $850,000
  • Stormwater Management (Lead)
  • HDR Engineering, Inc. of the Carolinas
  • Credence Inc.

Current Activity

Posted Thursday, March 14

Construction for this project is complete. Work started upstream to make improvements to the stream channel that runs along Greywood Drive.

  • The stream channel was reshaped and soil was leveled to gradually raise the stream bed to a more natural, functional point while reducing the amount of sediment (sand and gravel) downstream.
  • This also transforms the energy of the stream and limits future stream erosion.
  • Vegetation was planted in the stream to help stabilize it and provide habitat for wildlife.

The project is under warranty until next fall. Residents are responsible for maintaining their yard as they did prior to the project. The City will be maintaining portions of the stream that were repaired.


Brentwood Today Lake is classified as a small, high-hazard dam with North Carolina Dam Safety and the remaining portion of the dam is no longer working. This resulted in an existing lake bed forming a main stream channel and an area of natural plants downstream of the lake. Due to that change, the channel has weakened significantly and has very steep, unstable channel banks in some areas. The purpose of this project is to stabilize and repair 350 feet of the stream to improve water quality and limit future erosion.


  • Brentwood Today Stream - Nov. 2018
  • Brentwood Today Complete
  • Brentwood Today - Under Construction
  • Brentwood Today Stream


Project schedule with dates and descriptions
Winter 2016Project planning completed
Fall 2017Project design finalized and easement negotiations, permitting, and coordination of private utility relocations complete
Winter 2018Project construction begins
Late Fall 2018Project construction complete (Planting to take place in winter 2019; warranty period ends fall 2019)


Brentwood Today Lake has a failing spillway, and over the years the concrete spillway sections along the stream have failed and fallen off. The spillway is significantly shorter with only approximately 10 feet of the channel left. A floodplain study of the New Hope Tributary was completed in order to determine the extent of flooding that takes place along the stream. Following the study, the City determined that a stream stabilization would help reduce some of the impacts from the failing infrastructure.

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