Purpose of the Project
The Third Creek Watershed Project was established to control excessive flooding on Third Creek. This pilot project for the southeast involves eleven flood control structures along Third Creek. 10 of the sites are located in Iredell County, and 1 site is located in the edge of Alexander County near the Iredell County line.
Prior to this project, flooding on Third Creek had caused much widespread damage, since the land was 1st cultivated around 1750. Therefore, the construction of these sites was of great benefit to citizens of the sponsoring counties of Iredell, Rowan, and Alexander. Rowan and Iredell Counties receive 99% of the flood control benefits of these structures.
Watershed Dam Number 9 During Rehabilitation Work
Watershed Dam Number 9 after Rehabilitation Work
As a result of action taken in
1974 to dissolve the Third Creek Watershed Improvement District, the
Iredell Soil and Water Conservation District and Iredell County assumed
responsibility for maintenance of the eleven sites. An on-site
inspection is conducted annually in early spring to determine
maintenance needs for each of the 11 sites.
The Iredell Soil and Water Conservation District, through the Third
Creek Watershed flood prevention system, began rehabilitation on Third
Creek Watershed site number 9 on October 17, 2011 and completed the work
on November 1, 2011. The project involved removing and replacing the
existing valve, valve stem, and access door. Work was also performed on
the stilling basin, maintenance boundary fence, and the access road.
This project replaced the original items that were installed in
This is the 9th dam out of 11 that has had some type of rehabilitation work.