Stormwater Volunteers Make a Difference
Nearly 600 volunteers have made a significant impact on improving the health of Raleigh’s streams and lakes this year. Here are recent highlights from Raleigh Stormwater’s volunteer programs:
Stream Clean-ups: Volunteers spent a total of 1,500 hours cleaning up multiple streams throughout the city, which resulted in more than 17,000 pounds of trash (or 775 full garbage bags) being removed from the area’s most polluted streams and creeks, like Crabtree Creek, Walnut Creek, Pigeon House Branch Creek, and Perry Creek.
Stream Monitoring: About 27 stream locations were monitored in 2017, including streams actively checked by Stormwater staff every three months, to determine the overall health of Raleigh’s waterways. Volunteer support helps the City track the quality of local waterways and use this data to identify the need for larger stream restoration or stormwater infrastructure projects in a particular area.
Storm Drain Marking: More than 200 storm drains were marked in Raleigh this year. This effort brings more awareness and encourages the community to keep trash and other debris out of storm drains.
In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Raleigh Stormwater would like to thank all volunteers for their continued dedication in protecting local waterways. To become a volunteer, contact Raleigh Stormwater at 919-996-3940 or StormwaterVolunteers@raleighnc.gov.
This article was originally printed in the Stormwater Management Division's Urban Watersheds publication. Subscribe to learn more and to receive stormwater-related news.