Stormwater Management

 Upcoming Events 

Little Alamance CREEK CLEANUP

When:  Saturday, March 28th from 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Who: All are welcome.  Children under age 13 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Where: Kernodle Senior Center at 1535 S Mebane Street, Burlington, NC  27215

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Lake Mackintosh Cleanup 4In Stream Scouts and Interact

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Please Click Here to Print and Fill out a Volunteer Waiver.  

Join local stormwater staff as we remove trash from Little Alamance Creek and its tributaries.  Cleanups not only help aesthetics.  Come and help:

  • Protect wildlife by removing plastics.
  • Protect aquatic plants, fish reproduction cycles, and dissolved oxygen levels by removing organic wastes.  
  • Protect our waters from toxic materials that leach out of certain kinds of trash.

Volunteers will be provided with trash bags, safety vests, gloves, and light refreshments.  Come prepared to be outdoors for 2 hours with water, sunscreen, and close toed footwear and clothing that can get wet.  To maximize time in the streams, please bring pre-completed waivers if at all possible.   Come on out!  Together we can make a difference.

Questions, call Carolyn Buckner at (336)222-5091 or email.

3rd Annual Alamance Creek Week  IS March 28th- April 4th, 2020!


IF YOU Like to LEarn and Do, NC Stream Watch is for you!

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If you like to learn and do, NC Stream Watch is for you!   Learn about water quality and put your local stream on the map!  NC Stream Watch participants adopt a section of a local stream or creek and commit to two brief assessments and cleanups over the course of one year. Contact Danica Heflin with our education partner, Stormwater SMART at (336)904-0300 or email to learn more or schedule a training.


When rain falls on hard, impervious surfaces like roads, parking lots, and roofs, it can't soak in and instead creates stormwater runoff. As it travels, runoff picks up pollutants like pet waste, litter, yard waste, fertilizer, oil, and even soil or other types of sediment before entering the nearest storm drain.  

Many people think that stormwater drains lead to local wastewater treatment plants- this is a common misconception.  While water used in households is transported to wastewater treatment plants, water that runs down our storm drains flows directly to the closest stream, river, or lake and eventually to the Atlantic Ocean.  

The City of Burlington is a federally designated NPDES Phase II community.  We received an Individual Stormwater Permit July 1, 2005 from the NCDENR-DWQ.  Under this permit, the Stormwater Division is charged with working with Burlington residents, employees, businesses, and developers to keep the stormwater runoff in Burlington as clean as possible before it enters our streams and lakes.  We also get help from multiple departments including Engineering, Planning, Inspections, and Streets.

The majority of water pollution in North Carolina is caused by polluted stormwater runoff. Since we rely on water for drinking, swimming, fishing, and growing food,  it is important that we all take steps to protect our water resources.  To find out more about stormwater and what you can do to protect our creeks and streams, watch the video above, explore the links on this website, and/or give us a call.  To report specific stormwater or stream related concerns, you can use the Burlington Connected program by either filling out an online request form or calling (336) 222-5024.  
For additional information or to learn of volunteer opportunities, please contact Amy Cameron or Carolyn Buckner in the Stormwater Division of the Water Resources Department at (336) 222-5091 or .