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Stormwater/Erosion Control - March 3, 2014

The second annual Forsyth Creek Week is coming March 15 – 22, with an expanded week of fun, educational and hands-on activities designed to raise awareness of local waterways and how they enhance our quality of life.

New items this year include free or reduced boat rentals at Salem Lake and Kernersville Lake Park, respectively, during Creek Week, a “dinner and a movie” night, a juried photography competition, a “Toons for Tots” children’s activity and a canoe/kayak Yadkin River clean-up.

Back again are “creek crawls,” bird walks, children’s activities at local libraries, rain-barrel workshops, fishing demonstrations, a book discussion and more.

All Creek Week activities are designed to give Forsyth County residents the opportunity to connect with – and appreciate – our local waterways, says Creek Week organizer Roseann L’Esperance.

“Creek Week is a fun and positive way to encourage people to protect our water supplies,” said L’Esperance, who is the senior community educator for Winston-Salem’s Stormwater/Erosion Control Division.

Forsyth Creek Week also includes Operation Medicine Drop to prevent prescription drugs from getting into our water supplies, and the Great American Clean-up, a service opportunity to prevent litter from washing into local creeks and streams.

Most activities are free. Complete information about all Creek Week events is available at

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 the City/County Utilities Division, Forsyth County Soil and Water Conversation District, Green Resource LLC, HDR Engineering, and Hayward Industries Inc. The Great Outdoor Provision Co. is providing in-kind support.

Forsyth Creek Week is being organized by the Winston-Salem Stormwater/Erosion Control Division, Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks, Forsyth County Environmental Assistance and Protection, Forsyth County Extension Service, Forsyth County Parks & Recreation, Forsyth County Public Libraries, the Town of Kernersville, the Village of Clemmons, the Town of Lewisville, the Audubon Society, the Gateway Environmental Initiative, Old Salem Museums and Gardens, the Sierra Club, the Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center, and the Yadkin Riverkeeper.

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