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 before entering the nearest storm drain.
Many people think that stormwater drains lead to local wastewater treatment plants- this is a common misconception. While water used in households is transported to wastewater treatment plants, water that runs down our storm drains flows directly to the closest stream, river, or lake and eventually to the Atlantic Ocean.
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NC Stream Watch
Training available by request.
If you like to learn and do, NC Stream Watch is for you! Learn about water quality and put your local stream on the map! NC Stream Watch participants adopt a section of a local stream or creek and commit to two brief assessments and cleanups over the course of one year. Contact Danica Heflin with our education partner, Stormwater SMART at (336)904-0300 or email to learn more or schedule a training.
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 and lakes. We also get help from multiple departments including Engineering, Planning, Inspections, and Streets.
- To report specific stormwater or stream related concerns, please use the Burlington Connected program by either filling out an online request form or calling (336) 222-5024. We respond to each request.
- For additional information or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Stormwater Division of the Water Resources Department at (336) 222-5091 or email.