The Town’s Stormwater Management staff offers:
- Technical assistance to teachers and school officials
- Resource materials for classrooms and students
- School Presentations K-12.
We visit Chapel Hill schools with a variety of programs, scheduling primarily through the elementary schools’ science coordinators and science teachers on the high school and middle school levels. Programs are also given for after school groups.
We involve students in water quality and stream ecology projects and presentations, NC Big Sweep and other litter cleanups, and with storm drain labeling. A School Stormwater Patrol is offered at schools wanting to participate. Each school receives rain gauges for monitoring amounts of rainfall, safety vests and supplies to label all storm drains on the school campus. They also receive contour maps of their school, a Schoolyard Grade Card, and assistance in identifying remedial action for areas with erosion and drainage problems. Student participants earn Town of Chapel Hill Stormwater Stream Team wristbands and Stormwater Patrol certificates.
Through the use of the EnviroScape, a hands on watershed model, students and teachers review best management practices to prevent pollution, like maintaining buffers along streams, using other erosion control measures, taking thoughtful care of yards and homes, and picking up after pets.
The Stormwater Division office also serves as a site for high school service learning and internships.