If you're at home in some rainy weather, take a listen to CWEP's new song to learn about how we can help improve the stormwater! The bolded words are terms that you can learn more about in future blog posts and social media posts- stay tuned! What motions can you make up to go along … Continue reading The Soak-Spread-Slow Stormwater Song
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!
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
Millions of plastic straws are being used daily all around the world. Many end up in our waterways where they harm wildlife, impact water quality, and add to pollution. The goal of "No Straw November" is to bring awareness to the many plastic straws that are being used once and then thrown away in a single … Continue reading No Straw November Challenge!
Did you know that between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, Americans create 25% more waste than during the rest of the year? Yikes. That's a lot of waste. And much of that waste comes from cooking, especially grease and fat from our favorite holiday turkeys and hams. As we learned in last week's blog post, … Continue reading There’s More Than One Way to Cut a Turkey: Alternative Methods of Grease Disposal
Check out this great video from Wellington Water in New Zealand about how to keep your car wash activities from polluting our water! All communities face the same stormwater challenges we do, so we can all learn from each other when it comes to cleaning up. Take a look and see what you can do … Continue reading How Washing your Car at Home Contributes to Stormwater Pollution
Our everyday activities can really contribute to stormwater pollution if we aren't careful. Trash, litter, pet waste, sediment, fertilizers, oil, you name it - it can end up in the storm drain and on its way to the nearest stream before you know it! Of course, that pollution can have a major impact on the … Continue reading When it comes to stormwater pollution, sharing is NOT caring!
It's heating up out there, and the grass is certainly responding! Many of us know we'll need to mow frequently over the next few months, but we may not know that yard waste, such as those lawn clippings, is actually a stormwater pollutant that can have a big impact on water quality. Check out the … Continue reading Mow High, and Let the Clippings Lie…
Thanks to Tyler with the Green Teens Club for sending over this great resource on water pollution! This infographic from Basement Guides offers a lot of interesting information on sources of contaminants in your home, as well as additional data on pollution around the world. Click on the image below to take a look at their … Continue reading The Basement Guide to Water Pollution