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:
In 2006, NC Division of Water Quality and EPA's Science and Ecosystem Support Division pledged the assistance of some of its staff.
In 2007, the Team received a Clean Water Management Trust Fund stormwater mini-grant. This grant was used to conduct a detailed geomorphic assessment of stream reaches to identify areas of erosion, instability, and other high risk locations.
In 2008, the Team received a 319 grant led by Chapel Hill staff, and in 2009 a second grant led by Carrboro staff to pursue restoration projects, planning, and monitoring. Both grant efforts were successfully completed.