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!
January and February have been very eventful months for CWEP! From Steering Committee meetings to Creek Week meetings to library, school, scout, STEM, and festival programs, CWEP has done it all- and we are on track to meet our goal of reaching all members before the end of June! First, we had our quarterly Steering … Continue reading Eventful Months for CWEP!
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
In 2018, the City of Raleigh’s 2018 Capture it! Stormwater Arts Contest was a huge success! This annual contest is an opportunity for students in 8th through 12th grades to capture the importance of stormwater runoff through art and film. This will ultimately bring more awareness to the positive impacts the community can have on the environment by … Continue reading Capture it! Raleigh’s Upcoming 2019 Stormwater Arts Contest
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!
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?
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!