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
Stormwater runoff can come in many forms, including melting snow. Winter snow often brings a unique feel to North Carolina as it doesn't happen often: making for beautiful photos and lots of family fun. However, it's not long before the sun comes out to expose a host of issues created by the melting snow. Heavy … Continue reading Melting Snow, It’s Stormwater Too!
As Americans prepare to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, many parts of this country are still facing water shortages and drought. Thanksgiving is a good time to practice indoor water conservation and below are a few ideas on where to start! The Great Thanksgiving Flush After Thanksgiving dinner, approximately 30 million Americans will watch football. At … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving!