Stormwater Management

 Upcoming Events

Lake Mackintosh On Water PADDLE Cleanup

Location: Guilford Mackintosh Park & Marina, 1345 NC Highway 61, Whitsett, NC 27377
Ages: 13 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Fee: Free, but registration required. Register now.
Time/Date: Saturday, August 3 from 8:30 - 10:30 am

Come help us keep our lake clean and beautiful! Burlington Recreation & Parks along with Burlington's Storm Water Division and Piedmont Triad Regional Council are hosting a paddle clean-up of the upper end of Mackintosh Lake. Clean-up volunteers who bring their own canoe or kayak will be able to launch for free and those volunteers needing a boat can borrow one from the marina at no charge. Registration is required. All volunteers will be provided trash bags and gloves. Come prepared to be on the water for 2 hours with water, sunscreen, and water appropriate footwear. All participants must wear a properly fitted PDF while on the water. Questions, call (336)222-5135 or email 

Aquatic Wild  Workshop For Educators

Location: Lake Mackintosh Park and Marina Clubhouse, 2704 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington, NC  27215
Age: 16 and up. Minors must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Fee: Free, but registration required and limited to first 25 registrants.  Register now.
Time/Date: Wednesday, August 14 from 8:30 am  - 3:00 pm

Join Local Stormwater staff and CC King - Outreach Education Specialist with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission in this exciting Aquatic Wild Training. If you work with school age students (K-12), the resources you will learn about the aquatic life around us will be invaluable! Aquatic Wild uses the simple, successful format of Project WILD activities and professional training workshops, but with an emphasis on aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecology. All participants of this workshop will receive the Aquatic Wild K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guide for use in the Classroom or for student educational activities. Participants receive 6 hours of EE credit that day; an additional 4 hours of EE credit are available with completion of optional homework (total of 10 hours EE credit available).  Questions, call Carolyn Buckner at (336)222-5091 or email.

Get prepared! Notes about the workshop: • Bring a bag lunch and drink • Wear clothing suited for indoors and outdoors 


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.  Once polluted stormwater goes down a storm drain it flows directly to the closest stream, river, or lake and eventually to the Atlantic Ocean.  

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.  We also get help from multiple departments including Engineering, Planning, Inspections, and Streets.

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 above, explore the links on this website, and/or give us a call. 

To report specific stormwater or stream related concerns, you can use the Burlington Connected program by either filling out an online request form or calling (336) 222-5024.  
For additional information or to learn of volunteer opportunities, please contact Amy Cameron or Carolyn Buckner in the Stormwater Division of the Water Resources Department at (336) 222-5091 or .