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Watershed Education


The Water Cycle
Interactive water cycle diagram

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EPA's How's My Waterway 2.0
COMING SOON! How's My Waterway provides information about the conditions of local streams, lakes and other waters anywhere in the U.S.



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EPA's Office of Water
The Office of Water (OW) ensures drinking water is safe, and restores and maintains oceans, watersheds, and their aquatic ecosystems to protect human health, support economic and recreational activities, and provide healthy habitat for fish, plants and wildlife.

EPA's Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds (OWOW) works to protect our marine and fresh water ecosystems, including watersheds, coastal ecosystems and wetlands. We regulate and monitor ocean dumping, manage dredged materials, and reduce marine debris. We protect water quality and habitats in 28 estuaries around the nation. We control polluted runoff and restore impaired waters.


NC Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs
Education resources covering a wide variety of water resource issues, lessons and activities, professional development, materials and publications, and much more.          


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NC State Cooperative Extension
Properly care for your lawn and garden, and protect our natural resources through understanding complex issues related to clean water, fertile soils and healthy air.

 National Geographic

Dead Zones & Eutrophication
Learn how too many nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus, affect the world's lakes and oceans.



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Trash and Plastics in Lakes and Oceans 
Did you know that plastics and plastic particles are not just trash, but also act as sponges for waterborne contaminants such as pesticides and toxicants? When particles are ingested by fish and wildlife, toxicants then move up the food chain.

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Smithsonian Ocean Portal

National Geographic: Ocean Trash...

Plastic Particles Harm Freshwater Organisms, Too

Journal of Great Lakes Research: Plastic Debris...



Prevent Water Pollution!  Learn how.


Net Spinning Caddisfly

Learn about the amazing critters who tell us about the health of our streams!

  Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management Control

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Rain Gardens and Bioretention 
Backyard rain gardens can capture and treat stormwater from your house and yard.They allow recharging of groundwater and reduce the volume and force of water flowing across your or your neighbors' yards or into storm drains and creeks. They also filter sediment, nutrients and other pollutants from runoff to keep our waterways cleaner.          
Rain Gardens: A Quick Guide
NC Backyard Rain Garden Manual                                   

 Backyard needing stream repair by NCSU

Small-scale Solutions to Eroding Streambanks is a how-to guide produced by the NC Cooperative Extension Backyard Stream Repair Program.  Learn how to repair and stabilize banks, and create and maintain healthy streamside buffers.


Drainage Advice and Homeowner Tips from the Town of Chapel Hill's Stormwater Management Division. Find out how the Town can help, and what you can do as a property owner to reduce drainage problems.


 Stormwater Resources  - NCSU stormwater management publications, manuals, fact sheets and guides.

International BMP Database

International Stormwater BMP Database
The International Stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP) Database project website features a database of over 530 BMP studies, performance analysis results, tools for use in BMP performance studies, monitoring guidance and other study-related publications.


Low Impact Development (LID) Urban Design Tools Website
This site was developed through a Cooperative Assistance Agreement under the US EPA Office of Water 104b(3) Program in order to provide guidance to local governments, planners, and engineers for developing, administering, and incorporating Low Impact Development (LID) into their aquatic resource protection programs.

The Low Impact Development Center

The Low Impact Development Center
The Low Impact Development Center was established to develop and provide information to individuals and organizations dedicated to protecting the environment and our water resources through proper site design techniques that replicate pre-existing hydrologic site conditions.

Case studies and continued education about green infrastructure, stormwater management and urban forests.  The information is exciting, but this post does not constitute an official endorsement by the Town of products made by the company.

Professional, Academic, and Government Webpages


Center for Watershed Protection

The Center for Watershed Protection
Founded in 1992, the Center for Watershed Protection is a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation that provides local governments, activists, and watershed organizations around the country with the technical tools for protecting some of the nation's most precious natural resources: our streams, lakes and rivers. OWL, their online waershed library, has free resources pertaining to watershed research and management.


 USGS South Atlantic Water Science Center (SAWSC)
Water quality and quantity information for North Carolina streams

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EPA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System
The NPDES permit program addresses water pollution by regulating both point and non-point (stormwater) sources that discharge pollutants to waters of the United States. Created in 1972 by the Clean Water Act, the NPDES permit program is authorized to state governments by EPA to perform many permitting, administrative, and enforcement aspects of the program.         

  North Carolina Association of Floodplain Managers           


North Carolina Association of Floodplain Managers  
Includes information about floodplain maps, workshops, and floodplain regulations.

North Carolina Division of Water Resources
State water resources programs: water supply planning, educational and technical assistance, permits, regulations, data and publications.


 NC Wetlands
Learn about wetlands all over North Carolina.


Clean Water Education Partnership (CWEP)
The Town of Chapel Hill is an active participant in Triangle J Council of Governments’ Clean Water Education Partnership (CWEP). Together, we have launched a website for individuals, businesses, homeowners, students and teachers; produced TV and radio spots to relay the message of keeping our water clean; printed brochures; and sponsored information tables at public events. To learn more about water, stormwater runoff and what we all can do to keep our waters clean, visit CWEP.

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 NCSU - Stormwater Engineering Group  is a leader in Green Infrastructure management, education, and research. As an integral part of N.C. State University’s Biological & Agricultural Engineering department, the Stormwater team is committed to the three main aspects of a land-grant university: Applied Research, Extension and Engagement, and On and Off-campus Education.  

Water Resources Research Institute

The Water Resources Research Institute
WRRI supports statewide research and outreach efforts related to water resources. Housed at NC State University, it receives its primary funding from the U.S. Geological Survey with a state match through the University of North Carolina System.         

Orange County Household Hazardous Waste Disposal

Orange County Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
Learn what common household chemicals and products are considered hazardous and find out how to safely and properly dispose of them.

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