Stormwater Outreach and Education

Last updated Jan. 17, 2019 - 12:02 pm
Students learning about stormwater through an EnviroScape lesson.

Stormwater runoff is one of the leading causes of water pollution, not only in North Carolina, but across the nation. Many residents in Raleigh are unaware that storm drains carry runoff directly to the nearest stream or lake instead of connecting to a treatment plant to get cleaned first.

Raleigh's Stormwater Management Division offers several education programs for our residents and businesses as well as joining with other partners to further promote stormwater education.

Request a Visit

Are you interested in hosting a stormwater outreach activity at your school, community, or business event? Request a visit online today. Activities for City of Raleigh residents include:

  • Storytime (K-2nd grades)
  • Protecting Our Environment Assembly (K-5 grades)
  • Storm Drains and Streams Demo (3rd-5th grades)
  • EnviroScape Watershed Model Demo (6th-8th grades)
  • Drinking Water, Stormwater, and Recycling Multi-station Demo (6th-8th grades)
  • High School and Adult Education

Questions? Contact Carmela Teichman at 919-996-4032.


Are you looking for experts to come visit with your classroom, civic, or other community group?

Staff within the Stormwater Division are available to come to your location to give a wide variety of presentations ranging from general stormwater pollution awareness, identifying and preventing illicit discharges, and overviews on various programs the Stormwater Management Division manages to improve surface water quality. If you are interested in guest speakers for your group, please contact us.

Stormwater Education Videos

To learn more about other ways to keep streams clean, visit our YouTube Stormwater Education Videos playlist for short videos on these topics:

  • How Litter and Trash Affects Streams
  • How Pet Waste Affects Streams
  • How Yard Waste Affects Streams
  • How Pesticides Affects Streams
  • How Household Chemicals Affects Streams
  • How Vehicle Maintenance Affects Streams

Stormwater Video Competition

student using a video camera

As part of the the City's Environmental Awards Program, the Stormwater Division offers local high school students the opportunity to produce a Streams & Stormwater video for a chance to win an Award.

Stormwater Video Competition


Outreach Table Display

The Stormwater Management Division participates in many outreach and educational events as well as Community Advisory Council (CAC) and Public Input Sessions for Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) throughout the year.

Some events where you might see us...

  • Raleigh Neighborhood Exchange;
  • Earth Day Celebration;
  • Environmental Awards; and,
  • Artsplosure.

Clean Water Education Partnership

The Clean Water Education Partnership is a partnership between many local governments within eastern North Carolina aimed at sponsoring mass media public education and awareness campaigns through radio and television public service announcements. You may have seen or heard these announcements yourself!

The Clean Water Education Partnership is devoted to providing education about stormwater and preventing pollution. There is a wealth of exciting downloads and valuable information available, check it out for yourself!

Here tips from the Sodfather on lawn care and keeping our waterways clean.

North Carolina Stormwater Pollution

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has a website entirely devoted to stormwater! It has information for the general public, for businesses, for local government, and for kids.

View NCDEQ site and browse the many downloads available for you!

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