Stormwater Management

 Upcoming Events 


Thank you to all the awesome volunteers who came out to help keep our streams clean!!!  Together we removed:

  • 1 Stroller, 2 Chairs, 3 Bikes, 1 Recycling Bin, 1 Mattress, 2 Bed Frames, 16 Tires
  • Loads of Cups, Bottles, and Construction Debris
  • 1.5 TONS Total Debris

Group Shot at Sign-In

Alamance Creek Week  March 28th- April 4th, 2020 - MARK YOur Calendars!


  • Find out how your group or business can host or participate in an event or cleanup!                         Contact Stephen Peters at (336)904-0300 Ext. 3011 or email.
  • Join us for the kickoff Little Alamance Creek Cleanup, March 28th, 2020, 9-11:30am.                    Contact Carolyn Buckner at (336)222-5091 or email for information on the Little Alamance Cleanup.

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 .