Durham's residents make a big difference in the health of our local streams, rivers, and lakes. Whether it's mulching yard waste, adopting drains, or calling the Pollution Prevention Hotline, Durhamites are our first defense against pollution!
Prevent Sediment Pollution
Learn about sediment pollution and how to prevent it in your daily habits.
Learn How to Build a Rain Garden
Visit our Rain Garden page to learn how to build your own rain garden.
Gather a small group of neighbors to label storm drains in your neighborhood. The labels remind folks not to dump leaves, liquids, trash, or anything else into the drains. This project is perfect for scout troops, youth groups, or other service projects.
Adopt a Drain
Visit draindurham.org to find one or more storm drains to adopt. Each month and before big rain storms, clear the drain(s) of trash, leaves, and debris.
Pledge to Do Your Duty
Pledge to bring bags, scoop every poop, and carry poop to the trash can to throw it away. To take the pledge, post a photo to social media of you doing your duty with #DurhamDoodyPledge. Find out more about why pet wastes are harmful to the environment.
Want More Information?
- Invite a speaker: If you would like to invite us to present to your class, neighborhood group, or civic club, contact [email protected]. School lessons are correlated to the Science Essential Standards. Speakers' Bureau topics feature how we use green stormwater infrastructure and pollution prevention to improve Durham's streams and watersheds. For other potential topics, contact us.
- Waterways newsletter: Waterways is a semiannual newsletter that informs residents about stormwater issues. Topics include tips to prevent water pollution, project updates, and floodplain information.
- CWEP: The Clean Water Education Partnership (CWEP) is a cooperative effort between local governments, state agencies, and nonprofit organizations to protect water quality in NC river basins. CWEP produces and shares media, public service announcements, and educational materials.