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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

In light of the expanding Coronavirus Pandemic and the Governor's Stay At Home Order effective Monday March 30, 2020, all in person programs have been cancelled through the end of April.  In the meantime, join us in the


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While we're distancing from everything else, let's get close to nature! On behalf of your local governments in the Triad, Stormwater SMART invites you to join the Alamance County Spring 2020 BioThon on! Now through June 19 you can explore your backyard or local park, take pictures of wild plants and critters, and upload them to the iNaturalist app right from your phone! Your hosts will help you make identifications and cheer you on! To get started: 


1.   Download the iNaturalist app on your mobile device and create an account (or do so at 

2.   From the “More” tab, click on Projects and join Alamance County Spring 2020 BioThon!

3.   Anytime between April 23 and June 19 (the last day of spring), go out and observe wild animals and plants. Snap photos, identify the organism (the iNaturalist database will make suggestions and your hosts will help too), add your location, and save your observation.  


More details here: If you have any questions or experience any problems at all, please email 
CAUTION: If you go to a public park or waterway, please remember to look for hazards and follow CDC guidelines for protection against Covid-19. Stay safe, learn, and have fun! 
NOTE: The event runs through June 19, but we will post as weekly events on Facebook. You can join for a day, a week, or for whatever length of time you want! 


March 28 - April 4 
Questions, call Stephen Peters at (336)904-0300 Ext. 3011 or email.

Creek Week Events with the City of Burlington:

Little Alamance Creek Clean-Up  

 March 28 from 9:00-11:30 am

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

Get Hiking! @ Great Bend

Saturday, March 28 at 2:00 pm
Check here for status of upcoming hikes.

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.