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 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!
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?!
Everyone has an address. It starts with your name, then your house by number, then the road you live on, then the town, and finally the state you live in. Each part of your address is a larger area. Watersheds work the same way. Each small stream is part of a larger river system. Everybody … Continue reading Do you know your Watershed Address?
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!)