Bolin Creek Watershed Restoration

Carrboro staff began meeting with other local, state and federal agency 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 state and federal impaired waterbodies, 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 state and federal assistance in preparing grant applications and leveraging other resources to remove Bolin Creek from the impaired waters 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, because of the local capacity for progressive environmental initiatives. The BCWRT's long term goal is to improve the health of Bolin Creek and its tributaries and remove it from the impaired waters 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 2004, a study of the entire Morgan and Little Creek watersheds was completed by the NC Ecosystem Enhancement Program.
  • In 2006, the NC Division of Water Quality and EPA's Science and Ecosystem Support Division pledged the staff assistance.
  • 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 federal "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.
  • In 2012, a Watershed Restoration Plan for Bolin Creek was completed.
A local nonprofit, the Friends of Bolin Creek, is actively involved in the effort to protect and restore Bolin Creek.

Contact Us

  1. Randy Dodd
    Stormwater Utility Manager
    100 Public Works Drive
    Carrboro, NC 27510
    (919) 918-7341

    Heather Holley
    Stormwater Specialist
    100 Public Works Drive
    Carrboro, NC 27510
    (919) 918-7426

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