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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 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 to the right, explore the links on this website, and/or contact us.  

Upcoming EventS ANd Volunteer Programs


 Postponed indefinitely per CDC guidelines to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus.  

March 28 - April 4 

Click here to learn more and for a full calendar of events.
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.

Creek Week Events with the City of Burlington:

Little Alamance Creek Clean-Up 

Cancelled per CDC and City of Burlington guidelines to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Thanks for all the interest!   Be well and stay tuned for alternate activities/future events.   

 March 28 from 9:00-11:30 am
Kernodle Senior Center at 1535 S Mebane Street, Burlington, NC  27215
All are welcome.  Children under age 13 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Register now. Complete and print the 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.

Get Hiking! @ Great Bend

 Cancelled per CDC and City of Burlington guidelines to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Thanks for all the interest!   Be well and stay tuned for alternate activities/future events. 

Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 pm
Great Bend Park at 350 Greenwood Dr. Burlington, NC 27217
All are welcome.  Minors must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Register now.

Celebrate Alamance Creek Week with a hike along our local creeks and river. We will hike about 2.5 miles on the Haw River Trail, the Island Trail and the Highlands Trail. We will get some great views of the river and the dam at Glencoe. Expect rolling, natural surface (roots, rocks, etc.) terrain with a few steep hills.  Wear comfortable, closed-toed shoes. 

NC Stream Watch

Training available by request.

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.

Contact Us

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.

  • To report specific stormwater or stream related concerns, please use the Burlington Connected program by either filling out an online request form or calling (336) 222-5024.  We respond to each request.
  • For additional information or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Stormwater Division of the Water Resources Department at (336) 222-5091 or email.