Spotlight on Garner: Stormwater Program of the Month

Each month we will be featuring the outstanding work that our CWEP Partners are doing to keep our stormwater clean around the region and in your communities. This month we’re focusing on Garner, a tiny town with a huge commitment to stormwater management. Check out their unique solutions and exciting community events below!
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Volunteers Needed!

Help keep Garner Clean & Green!
 
Who: The Town of Garner
What: Semi-annual street and stream cleanup
When: Saturday, September 16 from 9-11am
Where: White Deer Park, 2400 Aversboro Road, Garner, NC 27529
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Breakfast, cleanup supplies, and water provided free of charge to all volunteers. Contact Jaclyn Sumner for more information about the event.

 
Did you know?
Town of Garner received the 2017 NC Source Water Protection Award of Excellence along with PEG Media partners, which help direct, film and edit all of Garner’s informative stormwater videos. Garner has been making these videos for several years, helping residents know what they can do to help keep our water supply clean and free from pollutants. Check out the videos at these links:
 
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 Little Town, Big Success
 
Garner prides itself on being a small town with a reputation for being customer friendly, but did you know they have a top-notch storm water program as well? For over 30 years, Garner has been performing stormwater management and watershed planning to protect local waterways and Lake Benson from pollutants and downstream flooding. New and innovative stormwater control measures have been designed and built on town properties and both new and redevelopment. This commitment to responsible stormwater management can be seen at parks such as White Deer and Lake Benson as well as on the new Town Hall campus.
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Help us keep up the good work by coming out to the semi-annual street and stream cleanup! We’ll be picking up litter that would otherwise flow into Lake Benson and pollute our drinking water. Contact Jaclyn Sumner for further information.
 
Questions? We’re here for you
For more information or specific questions, please contact Jaclyn Sumner, Stormwater Program Administrator in the Town of Garner Engineering Department (p) 919-773-4421|jsumner@garnernc.gov

Stormwater Program of the Month – Raleigh!

Each month we will be featuring the outstanding work that our CWEP Partners are doing to keep our stormwater clean around the region and in your communities. This month features the City of Raleigh Stormwater Management Division, which is part of the City’s Engineering Department. Check out their great programs and opportunities below!

Stormwater Monitoring Workshop

Discover Raleigh’s Streams This Summer!

Learn how you can explore and keep a stream in your neighborhood clean by taking part in the Stormwater Management Division’s upcoming Stream Monitoring Workshop on Saturday, Aug. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon at Walnut Creek Wetland Center, 950 Peterson Street, Raleigh.  You will learn four easy steps to collecting samples from a stream that will help the City of Raleigh track the health of local waterways. The workshop is free for Raleigh residents and includes year-long monitoring supplies. Learn more and register online at http://www.raleighnc.gov/home/news/content/CorNews/Articles/StreamMonitoring.html

Stormwater Video Award Winners

This year’s recipients of the City of Raleigh Stormwater Management Division’s Streams & Stormwater Video Competition were named at the 2017 Environmental Awards, a ten-year celebration of individuals and organizations who display a commitment to protecting the environment and promoting sustainability.

Congratulations to Julian Simoes (1st place – “Be the Change”); Chloe Wen and her classmates (2nd place – “Cup of H2O”); and Jacob Fletcher, Carla Fuller, and Anton Baeza (3rd place – “Chaplin’s Lament”)!

Stormwater Successes in Raleigh

The City of Raleigh is always advancing their stormwater management in innovative, effective, and sustainable ways. Here are some highlights of this great program!

  • The City’s Drainage Assistance Program plans to complete more projects over the next two years that address drainage concerns on private property. A recent policy change also eliminated the cost-share portion of the program making it more affordable for Raleigh residents.
  • The Capital Improvement Program will nearly $24 million worth of projects over the next year to offer sustainable stormwater infrastructures in Raleigh’s neighborhoods that reduce flooding and limit erosion.
  • Additional Flood Hazard Mitigation Efforts continue to remove and restore flood-prone properties that were built prior to the current floodplain development regulations. Restoring the area to green space improves public safety in flood-prone areas and once again allows for natural function of the floodplain.
  • Green Stormwater Infrastructure efforts continue to establish policies, procedures, and resources that will include Green Stormwater Infrastructure in new development and redevelopment and bring innovative stormwater treatment options to the City of Raleigh.

For more information or specific questions, please contact Kristin Freeman, Communications Specialist for the City of Raleigh Stormwater Management Division (p) 919-996-4128 | (c) 919-817-4594 | kristin.freeman@raleighnc.gov

 

 

How Washing your Car at Home Contributes to Stormwater Pollution

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 differently this summer to reduce your stormwater impact, and tell your friends and neighbors when you see them washing their cars!

The Robeson Creek Watershed Council is back in action!

The Robeson Creek Watershed Council is a group of local citizens, government entities, and other stakeholders that originally met quarterly to discuss and implement plans to conserve and protect the Robeson Creek watershed. CWEP Partners including the Town of Pittsboro, Chatham County, and others support and are involved in this Council. Protection of the Robeson Creek area is an important component of the health of the Haw River, which is a main contributor to Jordan Lake. The group has not convened in recent years but has been rejuvenated with a great Council meeting on May 25, 2017.

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The team hopes to embark on many new conservation, rehabilitation, and watershed protection projects and goals moving forward. Check out the Robeson Creek Watershed Council brochure to learn more about the group, or follow them on Twitter at @RobesonCreek.