Stream Cleanups

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Annual Fall and Spring Litter Cleanups Need YOU! 

Year-round cleanups may be scheduled by request.

The Town of Chapel Hill sponsors annual spring and fall litter cleanups in our community's watersheds. Here's how you can participate!

Choose a scheduled event, or identify an area that you are concerned about, then call to register yourself and/or your group to clean it up! The area does not need to be directly in or along a creek or stream; most storm drains lead directly to creeks, so by cleaning up roads, you are helping to prevent the litter from reaching waterways!  

Groups wanting to adopt a stream area, or to clean up litter throughout the year, may contact Stormwater Management at 919-969-7246.  Supplies, maps and data sheets will be provided.

In addition to checking this page for future cleanups, Like and Follow the Town of Chapel Hill's Stormwater Management Facebook page to learn about opportunities to get involved in nurturing our watersheds and community.

Thank you to the Scouts and citizens who are independently tackling littered areas around town and along streams, collecting the trash before it reaches Jordan Lake.  We encourage everyone who walks or bikes to pick up and properly dispose of litter that they may see.  Picking up just one piece of litter per day per person can make a huge difference!  If you'd like, take a selfie and send it to us for posting on Facebook!  Fran DiGiano, cofounder of Clean Jordan Lake, estimates that TWO TONS of trash wash into the drinking water and recreation reservoir from its vast watershed with every storm of one inch or more.   YIKES! You can help!

And REMEMBER: "Gotta put a bottle in the bin!!"  RECYCLE your empty, clean cans and bottles at home, at work, and when traveling!    


Poster of litter & decomposition time

Instructions for Group Leaders

Parental Permission Form for Minors (required for youth under 18 years of age)

Safety Guidelines

Group Registration and Waiver (only for check-in on the day of the event)

Data Sheet for Litter Cleanup

Other North Carolina Litter Prevention Programs

    NCDOT Beautification Program

    Keep North Carolina Beautiful

    Clean Jordan Lake

    Report illegal dumping in Orange County, NC

EPA Trash Free Waters




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