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
Dr. Bill Hunt's talk at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh on August 9th focused on the historic flooding hurricanes NC has seen in recent years, and what that means for stormwater management. We all remember when 6 feet of water stood on I-40, making Wilmington was an island and closing 3200 roads statewide. … Continue reading Stormwater Management in Extreme Events
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!
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
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!
Two major hurricanes hit North Carolina in the last month, and while the damage was severe to some parts of the state, damage from flooding in the Charlotte area was less than it would have been a decade ago. This is due to many years of hard work and preparation in the making. It all … Continue reading What lessons could other communities learn from Charlotte?
The City of Raleigh sees the most flooding impacts from hurricanes in September and October. To help you prepare, the City is holding public meetings that cover: Why flooding happens; What to expect in different areas of the city; What the City does to reduce impacts from flooding; and, Available community resources. WRAL meteorologist Greg … Continue reading City of Raleigh Hosting Hurricane Season Flooding Series August 28 and 29
Continuing with our lead-up to "Imagine a Day Without Water", this post focuses on the recent disaster-related impacts of failing infrastructure from Hurricanes Maria and Irma, some of the most powerful storms to hit the United States in many years. There is currently a capital need of $123 billion per year to close the gap … Continue reading The Importance of Infrastructure in the face of Natural Disasters
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!
What happens to dirt in stormwater? When soil, dirt, sand, clay, or other tiny bits of earth end up in stormwater, we then call it "sediment" because those pieces can eventually settle out to the bottom of a body of water. However, moving water such as stormwater runoff through our neighborhoods and cities keeps the … Continue reading Did you know that good old fashioned dirt is actually a MAJOR stormwater pollutant?!