Watershed Monitoring Studies
The Water Quality group uses watershed monitoring studies to collect background data on the watersheds and highlight certain issues that might need more investigation. Although the Water Quality group regularly monitors Durham's streams, these studies collect a range of data outside of the normal monthly sampling data we collect and give us more information about specific water quality issues.
The watershed monitoring study for Brier, Lick, & Stirrup Iron Creeks focused on water quality, sediment quality, and biological community health. The study found elevated concentrations of dissolved copper in Stirrup Iron Creek, elevated numbers of fecal coliform bacteria in Lick Creek, and elevated turbidity in both Stirrup Iron and Lick Creek.
Some of the ways the City of Durham is working in the Brier, Lick, and Stirrup Iron watersheds include investigating sediment pollution, performing public education, and encouraging residents to use our stormwater pollution prevention hotline (919-560-7946) if they see water pollution. We have also performed stream restoration and stream bank plantings in the Lick Creek watershed.
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Project Status: Completed 2022
This study of the Eno River monitored seven sites focusing on water chemistry, sediment quality, habitat, and hydrology. The majority of water flowing into the Eno River as it enters Durham County comes from rural and relatively undeveloped land, and the main stem of the river within the City is buffered by the Eno River State Park. This means that the majority of pollution that impacts watershed comes from the Eno's tributaries. This study showed that the most pollutant-loaded sections of the watershed in Durham County were tributaries downstream of urbanized and developed areas. The study found signs of untreated wastewater, possibly the result of illicit connections.
Some of the ways the City of Durham is working in the Eno River watershed include investigating sewer leaks, performing public education, and encouraging residents to use our stormwater pollution prevention hotline (919-560-7946) if they see water pollution. Water Management also inspects their pipes with sewer cameras to prevent sewer leaks. This study helped inform the Eno River Watershed Improvement Plan and the Warren Creek Pollution Source Tracking project.
919-560-4326 ext 30217