When? August 5-September 5th, 2020 Who? Open to all ages! To celebrate National Water Quality Month, the Clean Water Education Partnership invites you to create an art piece that shows how you interact with your watershed. A watershed is an area of land that all drains to the same creek, stream, or river. Everyone lives … Continue reading Streets to Creeks Stormwater Art Competition
Access to clean water is especially important for sanitation and survival during a pandemic, when frequent hand washing and spending more time at home have become a part of daily routine. Since the onset of COVID-19 in North Carolina and across the globe, Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) has seen a 73% increase in … Continue reading Program Spotlight: OWASA’s Care to Share
During this time of social distancing and working from home, we have had some beautiful weather! A few weekends ago, I ventured out to explore the Neuse River Basin via 25 mile bikeride. As a new resident of North Carolina, I was impressed with Raleigh's greenway system which follows several tributaries of the Neuse. I … Continue reading Biking the Watershed
February flowers bring March showers, and March showers sweep litter into our streams. This means spring is the perfect season to get involved in litter prevention, awareness and education in your community. Here are 5 ways you can get involved: Volunteer at a litter clean up. Clean Jordan Lake, Keep Durham Beautiful, and Wake County … Continue reading Be Good to the Critters: Don’t Litter!
Caddisflies are an ecologically diverse and important group of freshwater insects. Their larvae are sensitive to pollution and for this reason are used as indicators of water quality. Oxygen concentration and water velocity are important to larvae, as is the chemical content of the water. Caddisflies live most of their lives in the larval state, … Continue reading Meet the bug that armors itself with shells, rocks and sticks!
Earlier this month, CWEP kicked off the Spring one click give-away digital campaign. Through partnership with Spectrum, our aired 30 second PSA video will re direct traffic to our website. This is a great incentive for environmentally-minded viewers to learn more about how to keep our waters clean and safe by heading to our website … Continue reading CWEP’s Stormwater Education Campaign Giveaway!
With over 10 million people living in the state of North Carolina, state residents’ day to day activities have an impact on water quality. Stormwater is surface runoff that does not soak into the ground during precipitation events (drizzle, rain, snow, and hail). As stormwater flows over neighborhoods, businesses, and streets, it picks up the … Continue reading 7 Tips to Reduce Stormwater Pollution This Spring!
What is Creek Week? Creek Week is a time to discover and clean up our local streams through recreational, educational, and volunteer opportunities! It has been celebrated in Durham since 2009, with 2,783 volunteers collecting 152,798 pounds of litter to date. Please refer to CWEP's Creek Week page to learn more about Creek Week happenings … Continue reading Durham Creek Week 2019 Dog Pledge!
Native plants are trees, shrubs, flowers, grasses and other plants which occur naturally to a particular region. These plants provide a less labor intensive and water efficient landscape which is beneficial to commercial businesses, home owners, and the environment. Conversely, an invasive plant is an exotic species that has the ability to thrive and spread aggressively outside its … Continue reading The Importance of Native Plants
As we come into cooler, winter months, it's time to start thinking about any additional maintenance that needs to be done with the rain water harvesting systems you may have! What is a rain barrel? A rain barrel collects and stores rainwater from your roof through a drain (gutter) system for future use such as watering … Continue reading Maintaining Your Rain Barrel This Winter