New Statewide Water Quality Initiative

Recently, New River Conservancy was awarded a two year grant from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to support a statewide Citizen Science water quality monitoring project. The project will lead to a more engaged, informed, and involved citizenry regarding water quality issues. NC Watershed Stewardship is one of 9 other organizations that will be working with New River Conservancy to develop statewide standards and a core data model.  The partners will also develop a database and web portal that will accept, … read more

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RENA and the power of community

Everyone deserves clean drinking water – Veronica Bitting We were excited to recently partner with Veronica Bitting of the SE Rural Communities Assistance Project and David Caldwell of the Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA) to present a case study on RENA’s work at our recent Steering Committee meeting. David is a lifelong resident of the Rogers- Eubanks Neighborhood, an African American community founded by freed slaves in the 1780’s. The community is in Orange County, in between Carrboro and Chapel Hill. David … read more

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Preparing Planners for Watershed Protection

Watershed professionals across North Carolina have an enormous task in trying to manage and protect more than 1700 watersheds of various sizes.  The goal of the North Carolina Watershed Stewardship Network is to help them in that work.  When these watershed stewards were asked about their needs in a  May 2013 survey, they said they needed high quality training and networking opportunities. To meet this need, NCWSN created Tools of Watershed Management, a two-day professional development workshop for watershed stewards.  With funding from … read more

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Friends of Bolin Creek is building community while building rain gardens

Are you looking for a fun community building activity to help your watershed? Friends of Bolin Creek (FOBC), a small nonprofit in Orange County, NC, brought together homeowners in a neighborhood along Bolin Creek to build rain gardens. In a three -part workshop series, neighbors learned how to design a rain garden for their yard, and then worked together getting hands on experience building one in the host’s yard.

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