Stormwater/Erosion Control - March 15, 2019
The seventh annual Forsyth Creek Week will be held March 23 - 31 with exciting new opportunities and old favorites to encourage everyone to get out and appreciate the beauty and importance of our local waterways. In all, this year's Creek Week will offer more than 40 events, including activities for all ages and interests.
New events this year include a walk down to the water in Quarry Lake led by aquatic biologists who will talk about the lake’s unique ecosystem; a guided paddling tour of Salem Lake; a frog-listening walk; a stream-sketching workshop; a free boating safety course; a presentation on the Blum Park make-over and how it solved neighborhood flooding problems; library programs where kids can build solar cars, water wheels and rain gauges; and an interactive arts program for kids where they can explore the potential for water to create music, art and poetry.
Popular returning activities include a tour of historic Old Salem sites along Salem Creek, rides along the Salem Creek greenway using Segway personal transporters, guided creek-side bird-watching walks, water-themed trivia rounds during trivia nights at Foothills Brewing, and a "creek crawl" hike along Bethania's Black Walnut Bottom Creek.
Featured speaker Darrell Westmoreland, the CEO of North State Environmental, will speak Tuesday evening, March 26, about stream restoration and its benefits. Westmoreland will speak at 7 p.m. at the Wake Forest University Welcome Center, 1834 Wake Forest Road. His remarks will be followed by a free reception featuring local foods, refreshments and exhibits by participating Creek Week organizations.
Also during Creek Week, all Forsyth County Public Library branches will have special Creek Week-themed activities for children, the Forsyth County Extension Service will host a "lunch-and-learn" session on rain water harvesting, Piedmont Aerosports will offer half-price ultra-light aerial flights over the Yadkin River, Kernersville will hold a "planting party in the park" and Lewisville, Clemmons and Yadkin Riverkeeper will hold clean-ups to keep litter from washing into local waterways. The Great American Cleanup in Winston-Salem will be held April 6.
Most activities are free. Complete information and a calendar of all Creek Week events is posted at ForsythCreekWeek.org.
The presenting sponsor for Forsyth Creek Week is North State Environmental, a local company that specializes in stream remediation, storm water management and erosion control. Also sponsoring Creek Week are Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities, Forsyth County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Garden Club Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Green Resource LLC, Stantec, HDR Inc., Hayward Industries Inc., the Foothills Chapter of the Sierra Club, WithersRavenel, Battery Watering Technologies and Freese & Nichols.
In-kind support is being provided by Triad Eco Adventures, Hampton House Frame Shop, Rain Water Solutions, Foothills Brewing, the Winston-Salem Dash, River Oaks Community Church, Piedmont Aerosports and the NC Farm Bureau Forsyth County.
Forsyth Creek Week is a county-wide initiative organized by the Winston-Salem Stormwater/Erosion Control Division, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Forsyth County Center, Winston-Salem DOT, Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks, Winston-Salem Human Relations, Forsyth County Public Libraries, Forsyth County Environmental Assistance and Protection, the Town of Kernersville, the Village of Clemmons, The Town of Lewisville, Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, Forsyth Audubon, the Gateway Nature Preserve, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Piedmont Land Conservancy, Reynolda Gardens, Kaleideum, the Sierra Club, and Yadkin Riverkeeper.