March 12-19, 2016
Sections below: Discover Your Watershed (education), Explore Hidden Gems (recreation), and Volunteer.
DISCOVER YOUR WATERSHED
Sunday, 3/13, 12-4 pm –Food Truck Rodeo
Visit the Keep Durham Beautiful table at Durham Central Park’s Food Truck Rodeo to pick up free tree seedlings and your Passport to fun for all the Creek Week activities.
Wednesday, 3/13, 7 pm – Paddling in the Triangle Discussion
Join Frog Hollow Outdoors owner Banks Dixon to learn about the region’s abundance of paddling opportunities, from flat water to whitewater and from serene wildlife viewing to adrenaline rush adventure. RSVP to email@example.com.
Thursday, 3/17, 7 pm – The Water We Drink: Past, Present, and Future
Panel + discussion at Main DCo Library, 300 N. Roxboro St. hosted by DCo Library Humanities Program. When we turn on the tap, we expect our water to flow and for that water to be clean and safe. Drought and deluge, conservation, major investments in the water system, bottled water…what do we really know about Durham’s water supply? A panel of experts will cover issues such as ecology and water in the past, our current system and protecting watersheds in the future.
Friday, 3/18, 5:30 pm – Green Infrastructure Tour
Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association leads this look at how Green Infrastructure practices such as rain gardens, green roofs, and water harvesting benefits our local waterways and air.
Saturday, 3/19, 1-4 pm – Creek Week Celebration
Grab a friend and head to Forest Hills Park for a fun-filled afternoon of nature activities, performances, Creek Week Passport prizes, and more.
Local Pubs Host Creek Week Trivia Category!
Don’t miss these trivia nights for a chance to show off your knowledge of all things water. 9:30 pm Tuesday at James Joyce Irish Pub, 8 pm Thursday at Social Games and Brews, 9 pm Thursday at Fullsteam Brewery
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 Laura.Smith@durhamnc.gov to schedule.
EXPLORE HIDDEN GEMS
Saturday, 3/12 –Bird Hike
Duke professor Nicki Cagle leads a bilingual bird walk focusing on migratory birds at the Beaver Marsh, a true urban nature gem. See www.ellerbecreekorg for details and to register.
Saturday, 3/12, 10 am – Eno River Paddle
Join Frog Hollow and Eno River Association on a paddle from West Point on the Eno to Penny’s Bend. $50/$40 Eno River Assoc. members. Register at froghollowoutdoors.com or call 919-416-1200.
Sunday, 3/13 – Kayak Basics
Learn from the experts at Frog Hollow the basics in kayak nomenclature, wet-exit procedure, and the “building-block strokes” while you take in the beatuiful three rivers area. $50. Register at froghollowoutdoors.com or call 919-416-1200.
Sunday, 3/13 – Source of the Eno Pilgramage
In the year 2000, Riverdave carefully studied the ponds of northern Orange County that might be considered the Eno River’s most distant source. He delineated that spot to be a pond on the West Fork of the Eno River on property owned by the Hoyt Wright family. On a hillside above this pond, the Neuse, Cape Fear and Roanoke River basins converge. From this auspicious promontory, the Eno River flows forty miles southeast to finally empty into Falls Lake. With permission from the property owners, we will continue the Eno River Association’s annual pilgrimage to this auspicious spot, walking the final mile together. See http://theborderlife.com/Source-of-the-Eno.php. Please register by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, 3/14, 10 am – 55+ Adventure Paddle
Discover the headwaters of Falls Lake on this guided adventure! We will explore hidden creeks and narrow river channels where the Little, Eno, and Flat Rivers come together to form the Neuse River and flow into Falls Lake.
Friday, 3/18, 7 pm – Sunset Paddle
Savor a spring sunset by paddling canoes and kayaks on scenic Lake Michie with DPR Outdoor Recreation. We will provide the equipment; you bring weather-appropriate clothing. For cost and registration info, visit www.getoutdoorsdurham.blogspot.com, call 919-560-4405, or email Ryan.Sailstad@durhamnc.gov. Register online at www.DPRPlayMore.org
Friday, 3/18, 7 pm – Night Hike
Meet at the Cole Mill Access of Eno River State Park for a ranger-led evening stroll along Pea Creek Trail. Be sure to wear good hiking shoes and bring a flashlight. 1.5 miles round trip.
Friday, 3/18 – Night Paddle
Discover what the evening hours have to offer! 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. $30. Register at froghollowoutdoors.com or call 919-416-1200.
Saturday, 3/19, – Intro To Whitewater Kayaking
Learn about various types of kayaking along with fundamental kayak skills including: identifying hazards, basic strokes, concepts in craft handling, wet exits, and rescues in calm water. $80. Register at froghollowoutdoors.com or call 919-416-1200.
VOLUNTEER: DO YOUR PART FOR CLEAN WATER
Saturday, 3/12, 9am – Stream Cleanups
- Eno River. Help spruce up a newly protected property near Eno River State Park and the Mountains to Sea Trail. Email email@example.com to sign up and get directions.
- Goose Creek. 2615 Harvard Ave, park in LEAP Academy parking lot, Contact: Dan Allums 703-638-2680, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- New Hope Creek just above the Waterfowl Impoundment off Rt. 54. Registration is now open at meetup.com/helpcleanjordanlake. Email email@example.com for more info.
Sunday, 3/13, 10 am
- Canoe cleanup at the mouth of Ellerbe Creek. To sign up call 919-416-1200 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Canoes provided.
Friday, 3/18, 3-5 pm
Canoe cleanup at Lake Michie, 11am-1pm. Ages 13 and up can join this effort to help keep Durham’s primary reservoir in pristine shape. To sign up call 919-560-4355, ext. 27237 or email email@example.com. Canoes provided.
Friends of Mountains to the Sea Trail leads a workday at West Point on the Eno. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up or for more info.
Label Storm Drains in your Neighborhood
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 Laura.Smith@durhamnc.gov.
Canines for Clean Water Pledge
Pledge 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.
Creek Week Impact from 2015:
- 4270 pounds of trash and 940 pounds of recyclables collected by 200 volunteers at 17 sites along 13 stream miles!
- 16 educational and recreational events to help local residents become more aware of our water resources and how to care for them
- 2 beautifully painted cisterns donated to benefit Creek Week
- 3 creek-themed murals created by at local school art classes
- A one-of-a-kind parade with costumes, puppets, and the Bull Town Strutters
- Best-selling author Wallace J. Nichols talk on how water enhances our well-being
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 ADA@durhamnc.gov no later than 48 hours before the event.
Creek Week Partners:
- City of Durham Departments of
- Neighborhood Improvement Services,
- Parks and Recreation,
- Public Works (Stormwater and GIS Services Division), and
- Water Management
- Clean Jordan Lake
Durham County Departments of
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
New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee
North Carolina State Parks
Northeast Creek Stream Watch
Sierra Club – Headwaters Group