Bolin Creek Watershed Restoration
Carrboro staff began meeting with Chapel Hill, North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) staff in 2006. The result was the creation of the Bolin Creek Watershed Restoration Team (BCWRT) whose goal is to restore and enhance the Bolin Creek watershed. Bolin Creek has been on the list of impaired waterbodies maintained by NCDENR staff, with a concern that the area impaired may be extending further upstream.
In the spring of 2006, Bolin Creek was selected as one of only 7 watersheds in the state to receive focused assistance from DENR and EPA in preparing grant applications and leveraging other resources to remove Bolin from the 303(d) list. The selection was based on Bolin Creek's impairment listing and the existence of restoration planning efforts for the larger Morgan and Little Creek Watersheds, but more importantly, Bolin Creek was chosen because of the local capacity for progressive environmental initiatives from local governments and the community.
The BCWRT's long term goal is to improve water quality in such a manner that all segments of Bolin Creek and its tributaries will be able to support their designated uses and stay off the 303(d) list. This is an ambitious goal that will require a robust commitment for many years to come.
To date, the following successes have been achieved:
- BCWRT Announcement Memo (PDF)
- BCWRT Information Sharing Meeting Invitation (PDF)
- Bolin Creek Case Study_StreamConference_2012
- Bolin Creek Watershed Restoration Plan 2012
- Bolin Creek Watershed Study (LARGE download file) (PDF)
- Dry Gulch Final Report (pdf)
- Information Sharing Meeting Presentation (PDF)
- McDougle Final Report (pdf)
- Pacifica Final Report (pdf)