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Posted on: March 13, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Durham Creek Week Offers Volunteer Opportunities to Care for Local Waterways

Participants in canoes and kayaks take part in Durham Creek Week in 2022

Creek Week Events Include Litter Cleanups, Exploring Nature, and Going on a Paddling Adventure

Many of Durham’s local waterways need some tender, loving care, and those interested in lending a helping hand can sign up now to participate in the 15th annual Creek Week.

What You Need to Know

  • Creek Week will be observed in Durham March 18-25.
  • Participants can learn how to improve the health of waterways.
  • Activities include litter cleanups, volunteer workdays, creek and trail exploration events.

Hosted by the City of Durham Public Works Department’s Stormwater Division and Keep Durham Beautiful, this year’s Creek Week observance is set for March 18-25 and offers volunteer opportunities and activities to help people of all ages and abilities learn more about creeks, rivers, and lakes, as well as how to keep them healthy.

Throughout the week, residents can join litter cleanups, explore nature, or go on a paddling adventure. Residents may also join in from home by playing Creek Week Bingo or reading books listed on the educational resource guide.

“This is a perfect opportunity for people who care about clean drinking water and litter-free neighborhoods to help make a difference,” said Dawn Keyser, program coordinator with Keep Durham Beautiful. “Working together we can prevent litter pollution in Durham and build a safe and healthy environment.”

Creek Week has been celebrated in the third week of March each year in Durham since 2009, with 4,117 volunteers collecting 190,637 pounds of litter to date. In a show of inter-agency cooperation, the City’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Impact Team and the Durham County General Services Department will ensure litter that is collected is properly disposed of and/or recycled.

To join litter cleanup events and find out more details about other activities in store next week, visit the Creek Week website. For additional information, contact Laura Smith with the City’s Public Works Department Stormwater Division at 919-560-4326, ext. 30235 or by email.  

About the Public Works Department Stormwater Division

The Stormwater Division with the City of Durham Public Works Department is guided by the City’s Strategic Plan goals of sustainable, natural, and built environment and innovative and high-performing organization. Activities include storm drainage design and plans review; inspecting and maintaining City-owned drainage systems; enforcing stormwater ordinances and regulations; education and outreach; stream monitoring, restoration, and watershed master planning. To learn more, visit the division’s webpage and follow on Facebook and Twitter.

About Keep Durham Beautiful

Keep Durham Beautiful is a nonprofit, volunteer organization working in partnership with the City of Durham General Services Department and Durham County to encourage residents, businesses, and community organizations to protect the environment and enhance the appearance of Durham through cleanup events, beautification projects, waste reduction, and educational activities. To learn more, visit the website and follow on Facebook, Instagram, flickr, and Twitter.

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