Stormwater Management

 Little Alamance Stream Cleanup 2019

Happy Earth Week!    Thank you to the nearly 70 volunteers who came out to clean up Little Alamance Creek!   Wow!  

Event Statistics:

67 Awesome Volunteers

1 Vacuum Cleaner, 1 Shopping Cart, 1 AC Unit, 1 Table, 2 Bicycles, 3Tires, & Copious Amounts of Plastic Cemetery Plants Removed 

Over ONE TON Total Debris Removed

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 WELCOME TO THE CITY OF BURLINGTON’S STORMWATER MANAGEMENT PAGE


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.  Once polluted stormwater goes down a storm drain it 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.  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 stormwater@burlingtonnc.gov .