Stream Stewardship Opportunity: Join NC Stream Watch!

Are you looking for a local stewardship opportunity? Do you enjoy picking up trash or water quality monitoring? If so, you should join NC Stream Watch!  NC Stream Watch is a state-wide community science engagement program created by North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ). NC Stream Watch showcases the wide diversity of watersheds across … Continue reading Stream Stewardship Opportunity: Join NC Stream Watch!

Did you know that good old fashioned dirt is actually a MAJOR stormwater pollutant?!

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?!

How Natural Vegetation Creates Stream Buffers to Protect Waterbodies from Stormwater Pollution (and how you can help build one!)

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!)