Scotts Creek in Jackson County is on North Carolina's impaired waters list due to high fecal coliform concentrations. Using data collected during a watershed assessment and in consultation with a stakeholder advisory group, Equinox developed a plan describing watershed management actions that address stormwater runoff from areas along the creek. Implementation of the plan is expected to lead to improved water quality and conditions that will allow Scotts Creek to be removed from North Carolina's 303(d) impaired waters list.
Equinox’s stormwater management suggestions include bioretention ponds on either side of the driveway to the Jackson County Justice Center; cisterns and a bioswale — a plant-filled drainage route designed to filter out contaminants and slow water down — at Scotts Creek Elementary School, with an emphasis on the educational aspects of the project; and a compelling design at bridge Park.
The Bridge Park plan, as envisioned by Equinox, would include a variety of plantings along the creek and around parking lots, rain barrels around the stage, a walking path and possible greenway connection, a wetlands area, a creek overlook, and more.