Stormwater/Erosion Control Division

Forsyth Creek Week 2015 Forsyth Creek Week

March 14 - 22, 2015

The third annual Creek Week, returning March 14 - 22, will be our best Creek Week ever, offering many fun new activities and returning favorites. New activities include stand-up paddleboarding lessons and a Salem Lake tour, Salem Lake Trail rides on Segway personal transporters, bike rides on creekside greenways, water trivia nights at Foothills Brewing and River Ridge Tap House, and an entertaining, fun and family-friendly fishing clinic suitable for all ages.

Encore activities include last year’s popular tour of historic Old Salem sites along Salem Creek, guided creekside bird-watching expeditions, entertaining guest speakers, Operation Medicine Drop, brown-bag “lunch-and-learn” opportunities and The Great American Cleanup.

These activities -- like everything offered during Creek Week -- are all designed to help us draw the connection between local waterways and our quality of life! Join us!

Please visit www.forsythcreekweek.org for a full calendar of events.

WATER'S EXTREME JOURNEY NOW AT SCIWORKS

Become a Raindrop ... Change Your World!

Experience life as a droplet of water and explore the science behind the water cycle in this new traveling exhibit.Water’s Extreme Journey, open January 28 – May 25, 2015, engages and delights participants as they navigate local waterways, dart past pollutants and head to the ocean in a hands-on, interactive exhibit.

Locally sponsored by Duke Energy Foundation; Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission; and City of Winston-Salem, Stormwater/Erosion Control Division, Water's Extreme Journey is fun for all visitors.

“Water has a voice. It carries a message that tells those downstream who you are and how you care for the land."
— Bernie McGurl, Lackawanna Association.

Trivia: If all the oil filters sold annually in the US were recycled it would result in the recovery of about 160,000 tons of steel, or enough steel to make 16 new stadiums the size of Atlanta’s Turner Stadium.

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Did you know that...

60 percent of stream miles in the continental U.S., or more than 207,000 miles, only flow seasonally or after storms.

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Storm Drainage Improvements on Private Property

Under certain circumstances the city will address storm drainage problems on private property. The property must be zoned residential and owned by the occupants. In addition:

  • The problem must be caused by street water;
  • For newly constructed houses, the owner must have received a certificate of occupancy at least two years before requesting assistance;
  • The assistant city manager for public works must determine that the drainage problem causes flooding in the dwelling or otherwise threatens the structural integrity of the dwelling; causes severe erosion of the drainageway; threatens to deny access to property that would be accessible; impedes the flow of water due to fallen brush and vegetative debris.
  • The total cost of the improvements must not exceed $50,000.
  • All requests for storm drainage improvements on private property must be approved by the City Council, and owners must pay 30 percent of the cost.

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Only rain belongs in the storm drain. Call (336) 747-7480 to report polluters.

"All the water that will ever be, is right now."
- National Geographic, October 1993

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