Morgan Creek

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Morgan Creek Maps
Full Morgan Creek Watershed
University Lake (Upper Morgan) Watershed
Lower Morgan Creek Watershed 

Natural History
Stillhouse Bottom Conservation Area

Orange County, NC State of the Environment Report 2014

Godfrey, Michael A.  1997. Field Guide to the Piedmont The Natural Habitats of America's Most Lived-in Region, From New York City to Montgomery, Alabama. UNC Press. 536pp.


Assessments & Restoration Work

UNC’s Stream Restoration projects 

Addendum to Jordan Lake TMDL(Total Maximum Daily Load) : University Lake, a reservoir impoundment of Morgan Creek, was found to be hypereutrophic (high levels of phosphorus with low transparency and frequent and severe algal blooms) and in need of regulations to reduce nutrients entering the lake. University Lake Watershed Map (pdf)

Morgan and Little Creeks Local Watershed Plan Summary  EEP September 2004
Morgan Creek Detailed Assessment Report  EEP, July 2004

Recreation in the Morgan Creek Watershed

Much of the land along Morgan Creek is conserved and maintained by the NC Botanical Garden and The NC Botanical Garden Foundation. Some of these areas are open to the public; other areas have restricted use. Please respect restrictions and private property as you plan your outings.

NC Botanical Garden Nature Hikes

Town of Chapel Hill Greenways Map

OWASA Recreation at University Lake 

Stakeholders and Citizen Groups

 Morgan Creek Valley Alliance

Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA)
University Lake is one of OWASA’s primary drinking water sources. Sewage from OWASA customers is gravity fed or pumped to OWASA’s wastewater treatment plant on Mason Farm Road where it is treated and released into Morgan Creek.

UNC Stormwater Management
Details the activities of UNC’s Stormwater Management program, including illicit discharge detection, plan review, stormwater maintenance, planning, projects, aquatic organism sampling, and stream monitoring stations in the Morgan Creek and Booker Creek watersheds.

Further Resources:

 Mason Farm Biological Reserve

Jones, Charlotte A. 1980. Thesis: An interpretive plan and resource inventory for the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Goddard College. Plainfield, VT. 206 pp. (UNC Libraries)

Jones-Roe, Charlotte A.  2009. "Mason Farm Biological Reserve: A guide to the old farm trail." North Carolina Botanical Garden. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Chapel Hill, NC. 28 pp.

Terres, John K.  1993. From Laurel Hill to Siler's Bog: The Walking Adventures of a Naturalist. University of North Carolina Press.


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