Stormwater Public Education and Involvement

A Cub Scout with Pack 821 and other volunteers plant seedlings at Gold Park in March 2010.

Help keep our waterways clean. Check out some of the available opportunities.

  • The Eno River Association is the town’s partner in preserving and conserving lands along the Eno River. You can become a member of the Eno River Association's Stream Monitoring Program and do something great for your local watershed.
  • The Town of Hillsborough is a supporting member of the Clean Water Education Partnership. This program is a cooperative effort between local governments, state agencies and nonprofit organizations to protect water quality in the Tar-Pamlico, Neuse, and Cape Fear river basins through outreach and education.

Educational Programs

Have you ever wondered where the stormwater runoff flows from your school, neighborhood, church or business? Are you interested in helping to keep our local waters clean? Do you want to learn how you can prevent stormwater runoff pollution? If you answered yes, then why not have our stormwater staff conduct an education program specific to you?

The Town of Hillsborough partners with Orange County to provide educational programs and presentations to school groups, local watershed groups, elected officials, civic groups, developers/contractors and other groups interested in learning more about stormwater issues in Hillsborough. You can learn how to prevent stormwater runoff pollution, how to maintain stormwater ponds and other best management practices. You can adopt a local stream or even build a rain garden.

The town’s stormwater program also promotes various community conservation projects. For example, community volunteers planted the stormwater wetland and bioretention in Gold Park.

For more information about stormwater educational programs and volunteer oppurtunities, please contact Stormwater Manager Terry Hackett.

Homeowner Resources — What Can You Do?

Developer Resources — What Do You Need to Know?

Invasive Plant in Eno River Watershed

The invasive aquatic plant hydrilla is in the Eno River watershed. Research by N.C. State University and the state parks system suggests a significant infestation of the non-native plant could spread downriver at a rate of up to one mile per year. A task force of 12 partners — including state and federal agencies, Durham and Orange counties, the City of Durham and the Town of Hillsborough — is proposing an initial two-year treatment within Eno River State Park. Under the proposal, a dose of liquid herbicide product within EPA-approved concentrations would be added into the river from late spring through summer starting in 2015.