Pigeon House Branch watershed study open house being held today

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North Carolina Construction News staff writer

The City of Raleigh is holding a public meeting today, Nov. 2 regarding a study of the Pigeon House Watershed to identify improvement projects that will:

  • Reduce flooding impacts
  • Renew stormwater pipes and infrastructure that is in poor condition
  • Improve water quality
  • Repair streambanks

The study area starts downtown and extends to other areas of Raleigh. The public meeting will be held today, Nov. 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Halifax Park, 1023 Halifax St. in Raleigh.  Also, a survey is available online and responses can be viewed online.

The study is being completed in phases. The first phase is underway and focuses on:

  • Performing initial public engagement
  • Setting objectives for the level of service provided by the City’s stormwater system
  • Collecting data about the location and condition of stormwater infrastructure
  • Determining additional data needs to assess the watershed

Future phases will identify improvement projects with a $300,000 budget. The study is anticipated to continue through early 2024.

The Pigeon House Watershed covers over four-square miles in and near downtown Raleigh. It’s one of 37 watersheds in the city and includes some of the City’s oldest stormwater infrastructure, dating back to the early 1800s.

There are over 75 miles of stormwater pipes and streams in this watershed.  Approximately 28 miles are maintained by the city. The remainder are located on state, county, or private property.

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