Swift Creek / Fork Swamp Watershed Plan

The Pitt County Planning Department, in partnership with numerous local organizations, retained Michael Baker Engineering, Inc. (Baker), through a grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF), to develop a comprehensive watershed plan (PDF) that focuses on managing stormwater and flood impacts.

Project Area

The project area (JPG) includes the Upper Swift Creek and Fork Swamp watersheds upstream from approximately North Carolina Highway 102. The Swift Creek project watershed extends downstream from North Carolina 102 to include all of the Town of Ayden, and the Fork Swamp project watershed ends upstream from North Carolina 102 at Ivy Road. The project area covers approximately 44.5 square miles.
Fork Swamp with shrubbery along the banks
Swift Creek

Funding & Partners

Pitt County and project partners were awarded $167,300 in grant monies from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) as part of a $214,300 watershed management initiative in the upper Swift Creek watershed. Project partners include the cities and towns of Greenville, Winterville, and Ayden, as well as the agencies Mid-East RC&D Council, the Pitt County Drainage Districts 3 and 7, and USDA-NRCS.

Funding On Hold

The funding for this grant has been placed on hold by the Clean Water Management Trust Fund as a result of the state's budget crisis and the loss of $100 million in CWMTF funds to help balance the State's budget shortfall in 2009.

Recent Development Impacts

Recent development in Greenville, Winterville, Ayden, and portions of Pitt County has impacted Swift Creek and its main tributary, Fork Swamp. Aging infrastructure, in addition to land use changes caused new development, has resulted in stormwater problems that contribute to the degradation of water quality and habitat in these streams. The project partners propose to address these problems now, when cost-effective solutions can be implemented to reduce the likelihood of future water quality degradation.

Project Goals

This proposed project has four goals:
  • Characterize long-term water quality through benthic macroinvertebrate community monitoring
  • Target areas for riparian protection and stream enhancement
  • Identify stormwater conveyance problem areas
  • Identify and prioritize stormwater best management practices (BMPs) within the project area