Creek Week Events

2014 Results

  • 5,060 pounds of trash and 1460 pounds of recyclables collected by 301 volunteers at 19 sites along 16 stream miles!
  • 750 square foot rain garden installed
  • Two dozen trees planted and hundreds of tree seedlings distributed
  • 15 educational and recreational events to help local residents become more aware of our water resources and how to care for them
  • Donations of supplies and prizes from Bull City Burger and Brewery, City of Durham, Frog Hollow Outdoors, Intrepid Life Coffee and Spirits, Lowe’s, and Pompieri Pizza
  • A bull built out of found objects from Creek Week cleanups, hosted by the Farmer’s Market, Fullsteam, and Scrap Exchange

Here is what happened during March 15-22, 2014:

Creek Week Vision:

Durham residents enjoy, feel connected to, and protect local waterways.

Creek Week Mission:

Creek Week provides opportunities for Durham residents to discover and explore local streams and lakes through educational programs and recreational activities and to do their part to protect waterways through volunteer projects.

MOST CREEK WEEK EVENTS ARE FREE BUT REQURE ADVANCE SIGN UPS. SPACES ARE LIMITED. See event details for contact information. For general Creek Week questions, contact Laura Webb Smith at 919-560-4326, ext. 30235 or

Best trash? Win a prize!

Participating in a stream cleanup? Want to win an awesome gift certificate from Bull City Burger and Brewing, Pompieri Pizza, or Intrepid Life Coffee and Spirits? Snap a picture of the unique/best/most interesting piece of trash that you found during a cleanup! To enter the contest, you must:

  • Take a picture of your “entry.”
  • Share your picture on Twitter and Facebook!
    •  Tweet the picture, tagging @DurhamStormH20 and #CreekWeek14 AND/OR go to City of Durham, NC Government - Stormwater Services on Facebook then post a picture of your entry with the hashtag       #CreekWeek14 to our event page “Creek Week Photo Contest.” Make sure your privacy settings allow us to see your posts on Twitter! Deadline to enter is 3/31/14.

You’re Invited to the final celebration!

  • Want to win a rain barrel? Then join us for a final Creek Week celebration at Fullsteam, 5 p.m. on Saturday, 3/22/14. We will celebrate the successes of Creek Week ’14, marvel at Dispose A. Bull, and draw a name for one free rain barrel. Must be present to win. See you there!


Wastewater Treatment Plant Tours: Monday-Friday, 1 to 2:30 p.m.

What happens after you flush the toilet? Find out at Durham’s wastewater treatment plants! These tours are geared toward adults. Due to safety concerns, please do not bring young children. Wear close-toed shoes. Must be able to walk around the plant. Signup deadline is March 13, 2014.

Wednesday only: Triangle Wastewater Treatment Plant, 5926 Hwy 55. This plant serves the southeastern portion of Durham County inside and outside the City limits and the Research Triangle Park. The plant also serves a portion of the Town of Cary on an interim basis through calendar year 2014. The walking tour will highlight all parts of the wastewater plant and its processes. To sign up, email

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday: North Durham Water Reclamation Facility, 1900 East Club Blvd. This plant serves northern Durham, can process up to 20 million gallons per day, and discharges into Ellerbe Creek. To sign up, email or call 919-560-4326, ext. 35248.

Rain Garden Workshop: Saturday, March 15 at E.K. Powe Elementary

Learn how you can help to protect our local streams, creeks, and rivers using residential storm water management practices. Help install a rain garden, plant trees and maintain a cistern (rainwater harvesting). Come find out why these practices help to protect Ellerbe Creek while making your yard beautiful.

Contact to reserve your spot as space is limited. 919-698-9729.

Water Bugs: Saturday, March 15, 10:30 a.m. at Eno River State Park

Join a park ranger and Liz Stabenow from Eno River Association to learn what critters are foraging for food underneath the rocks at Few’s Ford. Learn how to use water bugs and other tests to give the river a heath check-up. All ages welcome. Call the Park office for more details and registration: 919-383-1686.

Turtle Talk: Sunday, March 16, 3 p.m. at Eno River State Park

Join a naturalist from Eno River State Park for an in depth look at turtles found in and around the Eno. Talk will be held at the Cole Mill Access at the picnic area. Call the Park office for more details and registration: 919-383-1686.

Wetlands at the Museum of Life & Science: Tuesday-Saturday, March 18-22, 10:30-2:30

What kind of animals live in a wetland? We’ll explore this question and compare life cycles of frogs and dragon flies. Learn why wetlands are an important part of the life cycle for so many animals. Investigate some macroinvertebrates from our very own wetlands! Program will be in the Lab on the second floor. Free with museum admission.

Mudscapes: Friday, March 21, 1 to 2 p.m. at Eno River State Park

Be prepared to get your hands a little dirty when we explore watersheds while playing in the mud.  We will discover how our actions impact our watershed and those downstream. Target age: 3rd – 6th graders. Call the park office for more detail and registration: 919-383-1686.

Preschool Creek Crawlers at West Point on the Eno: Tuesday, March 18, 10 a.m.

Join Schoolhouse of Wonder on a creek exploration. This will be a wet and wacky journey as we go through the creek searching for mysteries, discoveries, and fun. Bring your water shoes and your sense of adventure. Ages 3-5. Free, but registration required.

Paddling in the Triangle Discussion: Wednesday, March 19, 7 p.m. at Frog Hollow Outoors

Frog Hollow owner, Banks Dixon, will lead this engaging presentation and discussion about the Triangle Region’s abundance of paddling opportunities. Whether you want to find the simplest flat water access points or the most remote wildlife viewing areas, the best introductory whitewater runs or the most challenging rapids in our region, whatever your paddling interest you will discover something new about the Triangle.

The History and the Future of Durham’s Urban Watersheds: Thursday, March 20, 7 p.m. at Durham County Main Library

Join Chris Dreps from Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, Bob Healy from New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee and Robin Jacobs from Eno River Association for a presentation on Durham’s urban watersheds. How have they changed over the years and what is happening with them at the present? What have government and private conservation groups done to protect them?

Creek Week Storytime for children of all ages: Saturday, March 22, 10:30 a.m. at Durham County Main Library

Celebrate Creek week at your local library! Creek Week encourages us to do our part to protect our local streams and lakes. Join us for stories, crafts, music and more and we educate our children on how to be responsible caretakers of planet earth. Call 919-560-0130 to reserve a space.

Creek Week Speakers Bureau

Schedule a presentation for your school, church or civic group. Topics include water conservation, preventing water pollution, our drinking water, NC river basins, water quality monitoring, and “greener” landscaping.  Contact Laura Webb Smith at 560-4326 x30235 or to schedule.



Spring Wildflower Walk: Sunday, March 16, 2 p.m.

The Eno River is home to a large variety of blooming flowers, including hepatica and trout lily in March. Join a knowledgeable hike leader to explore one of the Eno watershed’s landscapes. For more information, call the Eno River Association at 919-620-9099 or email: Changes to the schedule will be posted on the Google calendar at

Nature Hike: Sunday, March 16, 3:30 p.m.

Join Northeast Creek Stream Watch for a hike along Northeast Creek to look at ephemeral wildflowers, early butterflies, calling amphibians, deer, beavers, and more. Meet at the Audubon Park pool (corner of Solitude Way and Whisperwood Drive). Contact Michael Pollock for information: or 919-544-7397.

Night Paddle on Falls Lake, Friday, March 21

Discover what the evening hours have to offer on the western end of Falls Lake in the Three Rivers Area!  Leave your worries behind as we set out in canoes to enjoy the wildlife, soak in the moonrays & starshine, and experience the sounds of nature. This very leisurely paddle is suitable for just about anyone. $25 per person.

Guided Bird Walk at Sandy Creek Park: Saturday, March 22, 8 a.m.

Join the Sierra Club for this educational bird walk at one of Durham’s urban natural gems. Information and sign up: and

Spring Ephemeral Hike at Glennstone Preserve: Saturday, March 22, 10 a.m.

Join Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association at the Glennstone Nature Preserve on Sat. March 22 at 10 am for a spring ephemeral hike. Hike leader Tracy Feldman is a biologist and plant ecologist who has studied plants and their pollinators. We will be looking at the early spring wildflowers and their pollinators as we walk along the trails. Please register for the hike at or 919-698-9729.


Creek Cleanups

Saturday, March 15, 9 a.m. to noon

  • Goose Creek cleanup: meet at the park at the intersection of Drew and Granby. Contact Sean Doig by 3/13 to reserve a pair of boots or waders,
  • Sandy Creek Park cleanup: contact Sierra Club Headwaters Group. Information and sign up: and
  • Lyon Park cleanup: CANCELLED
  • Northeast Creek cleanup: Along the stream between Parkwood Village and the Parkwood Shopping Center.  There is visitor parking at Parkwood Village (1304 Seaton Road) and at the Parkwood Shopping Center on Revere Road.  Meet at the gate on Seaton down the hill from Parkwood Village. Contact Michael Pollock for information: or 919-544-7397.
  • Northeast Creek cleanup #2:  Meet at Wineberry Dr. and Stinhurst Dr. in Parkwood. For more information, contact Barb Trapp-Moen at 919-949-9970.
  • Eno River cleanup: Email or call 919-620-9099 for details.
  • Third Fork Creek at Woodcroft: Meet on Woodcroft Parkway at the Third Fork Creek trail. For more information, contact Mark Bruhn at

Sunday, March 16, 10:a.m. – Ellerbe Creek/Falls Lake Canoe Cleanup

Frog Hollow Outdoors will provide canoes to tackle the trash barge at the mouth of Ellerbe Creek leading into Falls Lake. Come help keep restore the natural beauty of this waterway. To sign up call 919-416-1200 or email

Monday, March 17, 2-4 p.m. -  Lake Michie Canoe Cleanup RESCHEDULED TO THURS, MARCH 20, 2-4 PM

Durham Parks and Recreation will provide canoes and cleanup supplies to help keep Durham’s primary reservoir in pristine shape. This cleanup is for ages 13 and up. For more information or to sign up, contact Ryan Salistad at 919-560-4355×37237 or

Wednesday, March 19, 9 a.m. – Rocky Creek Cleanup

Join a group of employees from CAHEC to clean up this tributary of Third Fork Creek. Meet at the Elmira Park parking lot on Elmira Avenue. Contact Laura Smith for information: 919-560-4326, ext. 30235 or

Friday, March 21

  • Durham Arbor Day Celebration, 10:30am-1pm at Rockwood Park, 2310 Whitley Drive:
    • Tree Seedling Giveaways
    • Help plant 31 trees
    • Pick up litter from the creek and conduct a “creek investigation”
    • Tree climbing and pruning demonstrations; tree climbing experience for children
    • For more information, contact

Saturday, March 22

  • Forest Hills Park cleanup, 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.: meet at picnic shelter in Forest Hills Park off E. Forest Hills Boulevard. Coffee, donuts and supplies provided., Groups welcome. Contact: Joe Chambliss,
  • Crooked Creek cleanup, 9 a.m. to noon: Meet at the bridge on Crooked Creek Parkway, just off of Fayetteville Road, behind the Walgreens. For more information, contact Ann Skye, 919-667-7199,
  • Meadowsweet Creek cleanup, 10 a.m. to noon: Meet on Hilton Avenue near Kent and University. Contact Patti Rieser, 919-489-3914 or

Label Storm Drains in your Neighborhood: anytime

Label storm drains in your neighborhood with colorful markers that serve as reminders that storm drains lead directly to creeks, rivers, and lakes. No dumping, please! To schedule a time to pick up materials, contact Laura Webb Smith at 560-4326 x30235 or

Canines for Clean Water Pledge: Thursday, March 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Join us at the Northgate Dog Park (off of Lavender Avenue) or Piney Woods Dog Park to help keep our water clean and safe. Pet waste left on the ground gets washed into storm drains and ditches that flow into our local rivers, streams, and lakes. All the bacteria, viruses, and parasitic worms in pet wastes get into the water we swim in, fish from, and drink. This is your opportunity to pledge to scoop, bag, and can the poop.

For more information about Creek Week:

Contact Laura Webb smith by email at or by phone at (919) 560-4626, ext. 30235.

Notice Under the Americans with Disabilities Act:

Persons who require assistance should call (919) 560-4197, ext. 21254, TTY (919) 560-1200 or e-mail no later than 48 hours before the event.

Thanks to our Creek Week Prize Sponsors:

Frog Hollow Outdoors, Bull City Burger & Brewery, Pompieri Pizza, City of Durham Water Management, Keep Durham Beautiful, Greener Durham, Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association and more!

Creek Week Partners:

    • City of Durham Departments of Neighborhood Improvement Services, Parks and Recreation, Public Works (Stormwater and GIS Services Division), and Water Management
    • Durham County Departments of General Services, Engineering and Environmental Services
    • Durham City-County Sustainability Office
    • Durham County Library
    • Durham Soil & Water Conservation District
    • Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
    • Eno River Association
    • Frog Hollow Outdoors
    • Keep Durham Beautiful
    • Haw River Assembly
    • New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee
    • North Carolina State Parks
    • Northeast Creek Stream Watch
    • Sierra Club – Headwaters Group