Keep Durham Beautiful announces that Saturday, March 13 through Saturday, March 20 is Creek Week, where we’re encouraged to learn more about protecting our watersheds/sources of the water we drink and use. Since 2009, Creek Week’s inaugural year, nearly 3,500 volunteers participated in the cleanup of local waterways and other areas (because windswept trash can end up in the creeks, rivers, and lakes).
If you’d like to help, here are some Creek Week activities that you can participate in by going to DurhamCreekWeek.org and signing up. Social distancing will be practiced at all events and masks will be required:
Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve Stewardship Workday (Old Oxford Rd)—Saturday, March 13, 9am–noon
Ellerbe Trestle Cleanup (Red Mill Rd)—Saturday, March 13, 9am–noon
Third Fork Creek Trash Cleanup (the City’s Public Works Operation Center at 1100 Martin Luther King Pkwy)—Saturday, March 13, 10am–1pm
Virtual Creek Smart Tour—Saturday, March 13, 5pm–Saturday, March 20, 5pm
Virtual Scavenger Hunt—Saturday, March 13, 5pm–Saturday, March 20, 5pm
Virtual Watershed Tour—Saturday, March 13, 5pm–Saturday, March 20, 5pm
Video: We All Live in a Watershed—Saturday, March 13, 8:30pm–Saturday, March 20, 9:30pm
Sandy Creek Park Cleanup (3510 Sandy Creek Rd)—Sunday, March 14, 1–3pm
West Point on the Eno Creek Week Cleanup (Environmental Education Pavilion at 5253 N Roxboro Rd)—Tuesday, March 16, 3–5pm
Fix a Leak Virtual Workshop—Tuesday, March 16, 4:30–5pm
Workday Wednesday (Beaver Marsh Preserve at 3400 Ambridge St)—Wednesday, March 17, 9am–noon
Fix a Leak Virtual Workshop—Thursday, March 18, noon–12:30pm
Do Your Doody Pledge (Piney Wood Park at 400 E Woodcroft Pkwy)—Thursday, March 18, 4–6pm
Sunset Paddle (Falls Lake)—Friday, March 19, 6:30–8:30pm
Three Rivers Area Self-Guided Trip (6122 State Rd 1632)—Saturday, March 20, 8am–5pm
Haw River Assembly Clean-Up-A-Thon (Haw River)—Saturday, March 20, 8am–9pm
Fix a Leak Virtual Workshop—Saturday, March 20, 11:30am–noon
Creek Week partners include the City of Durham, Durham County, Northeast Creek Streamwatch, the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, the Haw River Assembly, the Sierra Club, Frog Hollow Outdoors, the Durham Soil & Water Conservation District, Greener Durham, Durham Parks and Recreation, and the Eno River Association.
There’s a mobile app called ReadyNC, which is both iOs and Android–compatible. This free app can be used to get weather updates, track storms, find shelter, check street and highway conditions, and much more. You can find invaluable information on their website by clicking here. (Clique aquí para español.)
Check out the Durham County Department of Emergency Management’s new AlertDurham app by going to alertdurham.com. You can track the storms and sign up for emergency notifications (you can choose text or email, and you can also set a “do not notify” period for your sleeping hours). You can register your whereabouts, whether you’re in your home or somewhere else; be sure to register your elderly neighbors and family members, too, especially if they live alone.