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Friday, April 10, is a Town holiday. Yard waste will not be collected Friday. Residential trash collection and curbside recycling will not be affected. Chapel Hill Transit will operate on a Saturday schedule (no U or NU routes). Chapel Hill Transit will not operate on Sunday, April 10. View the holiday service schedule.

Know Your Watersheds

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Local Watershed Map

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A watershed is an area of land where rain water and snowmelt flow to a common body of water. Watersheds can be as big as an entire river basin or as small as a tiny creek area. In Chapel Hill, we are in the Jordan Lake watershed, which is part of the Cape Fear River Basin.

We All Live in A Watershed Map (Large pdf)

Color Elevation Map (Large pdf)

Watershed Protection Area [440 KB PDF]

GIS Watershed and Floodplain Maps
Public GIS Portal (for custom maps)
FEMA Floodplain Maps

Want more data? Check out our Watershed Assessments & Plans!
Cape Fear River Basin
Haw River
Jordan Lake
Bolin Creek Subwatershed
Booker Creek Subwatershed
Little Creek Subwatershed
Morgan Creek Subwatershed
New Hope Creek Subwatershed
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