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, September 14th 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

NC Stream Watch Orientation

Location: Sertoma Shelter at North Park, 849 Sharpe Road, Burlington, NC  27216
Age:  All ages.  Children under age 13 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Time/Date: Saturday, October 5th from 10:00 - 11:30 am

Join Local Stormwater Staff and Danica Heflin - Environmental Programs Coordinator with Stormwater SMART for a hands-on program about water quality, and how to take NC Stream Watch to a creek or stream near you!   NC Stream Watch is a fun and meaningful way to interact with our environment and learn about water quality!  Participants adopt a section of a local stream or creek and commit to two brief assessments and cleanups over the course of one year.

No registration is required.   Questions, call Danica Heflin at (336)904-0300 or email.

 Wear clothing suited for indoors and outdoors 


Location:  Sertoma Shelter at North Park, 849 Sharpe Road, Burlington, NC  27216
Ages: All ages.  Children under age 13 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Time/Date: Saturday, September 14th from 8:30 - 10:30 am

Registration preferred but not required.  Register now.

It's time for our Fall Stream Cleanup!   Come out and join local stormwater staff as we remove trash from Servis Creek and its tributaries.   Together we can make a difference.   Volunteers will be provided with trash bags, safety vests, and gloves.   Come prepared to be outdoors for 2-3 hours with water, sunscreen, and close toed footwear and clothing that can get wet.  To maximize time in the streams, please bring pre-completed waivers if at all possible.  

Questions, call Carolyn Buckner at (336)222-5091 or email


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 .