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!
Are you or someone you know a creative Raleigh student? Help us spread the word about the City of Raleigh's annual stormwater arts contest! By entering this contest, students explore the powerful intersections of art, messaging, stormwater education, and community engagement. Winners receive a $500 prize and recognition as a 2020 Raleigh Environmental Award Winner. Who: … Continue reading Capture It! Enter Raleigh’s Annual Stormwater Arts Contest
Ever wonder what to do and who to contact when you see a problem in a creek or river? Many of us witness pollution in our waterways and may not know how to help. Now, a new tool helps citizens report sedimentation and erosion issues from construction, chemical releases, oil spills, or even trash accumulation … Continue reading Did your nearby creek suddenly turn brown? Report it to the Muddy Water Watch!
A watershed is an area of land where all water drains to a particular waterbody, usually a stream, river, or the ocean. Watersheds cover the entire land surface of the earth. Watersheds contain homes, neighborhoods, cities, forests, farmland, and more. Watersheds come in all shapes and sizes and can even cross state lines. The graphic … Continue reading What is a Watershed?
What is a stream buffer? Stream (also called riparian) buffers are strips of trees and other vegetation that: improve water quality by filtering pollutants from stormwater runoff such as oil, fertilizers, pesticides, and dog waste; reduce flooding and erosion by stabilizing stream banks; moderate stream temperature and sunlight, keeping fish and other aquatic life healthy; … Continue reading How Natural Vegetation Creates Stream Buffers to Protect Waterbodies from Stormwater Pollution (and how you can help build one!)