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Dedicated to protecting and restoring Ellerbe Creek.


We will send out this newsletter bi-monthly to keep you up-to-date with ECWA news and upcoming activities. The E-zine with watershed flora & fauna information will come out in alternate months.


Upcoming Events 


A calendar of our winter events & opportunities.


Ellerbe Creek "3rd Saturday" Workday March 16


March 16, 9 am to noon at Pearl Mill

Join us for these ECWA "3rd Saturday" stewardship activities at the Pearl Mill Preserve on Saturday March 16. We'll have fun planting native plants, controlling invasives, and cleaning up litter. A group will head down to Dacian Ave. near the apartments where the two tributaries come together, to pick up trash. Some of the trash is on a steep hill and will be difficult to get, it is also along the greenway and creek banks. We need the help of some strong folks to work the hill part of the clean up.  

Meet us at the Green St. kiosk at Pearl Mill. The kiosk is in the 700 block of Green St. at the South Ellerbe Creek Greenway. 
We'll have water, snacks, and tools. You are welcome you to bring your kids, neighbors, and friends. Wear closed-toe shoes or boots, long pants and long sleeves if possible. We hope you join the team!
We would love to know if you plan to join us on March 16 or if you have any questions contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919 698-9729. We look forward to seeing you out at the Preserve!

Nature Hikes


 March 22, 4 pm at 17-Acre Wood Preserve

The 17-Acre Wood Preserve is a wonderful place for bird watching throughout the year. With spring migration just around the corner, join us at this preserve along Ellerbe Creek to see and hear the early spring bird populations on Friday March 22. Robert Meehan, an experienced naturalist who has led many birding walks for ECWA, will lead this walk. Families with children are encouraged to join this walk. Meet at the 17-Acre Wood kiosk at Perennial Dr. and Albany St. Please register for the hike at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919-698-9729. 

Creek Week 2013

Creek Week gives Durham residents a chance to explore the creeks, streams and rivers in Duham County, and to help protect these waterways with clean-ups and other activities. Our March 16 workday at Pearl Mill and our March 22 Birding Walk at 17-Acre Wood are both part of Creek Week. There is a canoe clean-up on Ellerbe Creek on March 17 as well as other activities on the Eno, at Sandy Creek, and in Duke Forest among other locations. For the complete list of activities go to Keep Durham Beautiful. Enjoy all the wild spaces in Durham!

Rain Garden & Cistern Installation Class 

Are you interested in learning more about rain garden and cistern installation? Join us on Tuesday March 26, at 6:45 pm at the Main Library for this Rain Garden installation overview class. You will learn where to locate your rain garden, how to size it, what to plant and how to maintain as a beautiful landscape feature for years to come. Hand outs and information will be provided free of charge.


Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Funding for the class is provided by the City of Durham Stormwater Services Division.

The Great Human Race


The 2012 ECWA team of runners and walkers raised over $5000 to support our work. We need YOU on the 2013 team to reach the goal of $7000. The race is on Saturday, April 6. If you want to join Team ECWA, contact Donna Myers. We’ll get you started with race registration and set you up with an easy fundraising webpage. If you aren't able to participant as a runner or walker this year, you can still help support ECWA by being a sponsor for one of our volunteers!  

Ellerbe Creek Family Explorers Club


Join us for the next Ellerbe Creek Family Explorers Club on Saturday April 13. The Explorers Club an outdoor activity club for families with young children. While the nature exploration activities are primarily for children 0 to 6 years old, we love to have all in the family participate. 

For more information about the Ellerbe Creek Family Explorers Club, and the April outing, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spring Workdays

Though it is hard to believe, summer will be here soon, and we have some great workdays coming up to help with preparing the preserves for the warmer days ahead!


April 20 - REI/ Ellerbe Creek Community Workday at Beaver Marsh

9 am to noon.  

Join us for a REI/ Ellerbe Creek Community Workday at this beautiful nature preserve in Durham on Sat. April 20. The Beaver Marsh is an amazing nature preserve, located in the heart of urban Durham, behind a 1970's shopping center. Yet nature continues to thrive at the preserve with an active beaver lodge, and sightings of bald eagles, mink, coyote, deer, snakes, turtles, frogs, snipe, heron, kingfisher, and dragonflies among many other species. It is part of a wild life corridor that stretches from the preserve to Falls Lake.

Lend a hand at this workday for trail building and maintenance, boundary marking, clearing an illegal dump, invasive plant removal, and other preserve maintenance. Come enjoy a workday at this beautiful public preserve and be part of helping to protect and restore this pocket of nature for all to experience.

RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

May 18 - Glennstone Preserve workday. More details soon!


Our 4th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant Kick-off Party is at 7pm to midnight on Saturday April 27 at the CASBAH! Come meet this year's contestants, and enjoy great music. Start the Beaver season in style! Join the fun. More de-tails soon!

And the Beaver Queen Pageant! Saturday June 1 at Duke Park meadow! Pre-pageant activities start at 4 pm and the Beaver Queen Pageant takes the stage at 5 pm! Say goodbye to our reigning Queen Furrah Gnawset Majors, and see what entertainments the contestants will delight us with this year! We hope you can be there.

Committee and Board Meetings


We would love to have you join us for any of the many volunteer opportunities with the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. The workdays you can participate in are listed above, and there are many other ways to volunteer including joining a committee or volunteering to help with an event.


Meeting times and dates for committees –

Outreach, Education, & Publication Committee (OEPC) - March 20 (usu. 3rd Wednesday of the month)

Membership Committee - March 27

Land Stewardship Committee - March 27 (usu. 4th Wednesday of the Month)

Land Acquisition Committee - April 16 (usu. 3rd Tuesday of the month)

Fundraising Committee - April 3 (usu. 1st Wednesday of the month)


Our Board meetings are open to the public as well (usually the 2nd Wednesday of the month).  The next meeting is March 13. Please contact Katherine at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 919-698-9729 for details.

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Thank you to the 1st Annual Bull City Food and Beer Experience!


Thanks so much to all the good people at Tyler’s Taproom, DPAC, and Sam’s QuickShop for the incredible support of this excellent event on February 24 at the DPAC. We greatly appreciate their selection of ECWA as the event's non-profit beneficiary. Their understanding of the vital link between clean, fresh water and the need for watershed protection is inspiring!

Also amazing were founders/CEO’s Kim Jordan (New Belgium), Ken Grossman (Sierra Nevada), and Dave Katechis (Oskar’s Blues) who all said clean water, open space, and bike & pedestrian trails were major reasons why they located in NC! We couldn't have said it any better!

Thank you also to Ink Waves who donates our beautiful new displays for the event, and to Virtual Apiary for their excellent graphic designs.
So, next time you pick up a local brew, remember you’re drinking local water - so help to keep it clean, and please support your local watershed group!

REI/Ellerbe Creek Community Workday - Thank you!


Thank you to all the volunteers who came out and joined us for our first REI/Ellerbe Creek Community Workday of 2013 at the Glennstone Preserve on Saturday January 19. Though the morning was cold, it turned into a beautiful day and we got so much done! We had volunteers from the Glennstone neighborhood, Delta Tau Delta fraternity, the Durham community, and REI. It was such a great workday!

We were able to clear the Preserve of over 80 tires that had been dumped, cleared out the old homestead, build two trails, and clear away a lot of debris. Thank you for all our volunteers for their tremendous work in getting so much done.
Thank you to our workday leaders who organized this fun and productive workday! Many thanks to REI Durham and Paul Harwood from REI for their partnership and support of this workday! We had a great time!

Wonderful Dendrology walk - Thank you Milo!


It has been such an odd winter with snow after warm days. The Dendrology walk presented us with such a challenge. After an icy Friday, we didn't know if the hike would happen - but thankfully the ice melted, except for a patch on the 17 Acre Wood nature trail for our January 27 hike. We got to enjoy Milo Pyne's wonderful and informative hike teaching us how to identify trees and shrubs through the buds, scarring, branching of the twigs, and the bark patterns. Thank you Milo for your great hikes, and generosity with your knowledge.

And then there is Stormwater!


Managing residential and urban stormwater effectively is so important to the quality of the water that ends up downstream and potentially into your beer. On March 3 Kathi Beratan, our incredibly knowledgeable volunteer and past board member, took us on a stormwater tour of the Duke Diet and Fitness Center and Pearl Mill Preserve. She showed the impact of the two subwatersheds feeding into the South Ellerbe Creek tributary. She discussed the importance of managing this impact through large and small projects - including the wetlands project, green roofs, rain gardens and cisterns. Thank you so much Kathi for an incrediably informative walk - we learned so much!

The Navigators


Thank you to all the Navigators who came out to help plant understory shrubs, trees and grasses at 17-Acre Wood Preserve on March 2. Their original workday for February 16 was snowed out. It was a great and productive outing with almost 100 seedlings planted - including Spice bush, 'Lindera benzoin', Hearts a'busting, 'Euonymus americanus, Paw paw, ' Asimina triloba, Arrowwood, 'Viburnum dentatum', American Hazelnut, 'Corylus americana', Coralberry, 'Symphoricarpus orbiculatus', River oats grass, Deer tongue grass. Thank you to the Navigator's for their hard work and dedication to ECWA!









































































































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