Swift Creek Week

Creek Week is a national celebration of creeks and lakes through recreational, educational, and volunteer activities hosted by many local organizations with the goal of creating a connection between residents and their watershed.

Sound Rivers is co-organizing Swift Creek Week  with the River Guardian Foundation, with assistance from City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department, and many other organizations.

The Swift Creek Watershed encompasses the Town of Apex, Town of Cary, Wake County, City of Raleigh, and the Town of Garner. This water becomes the drinking water supply for the City of Raleigh, Town of Rolesville, Town of Garner, Town of Knightdale, Town of Wake Forest, Town of Wendell, and Town of Zebulon. The health and condition of the Swift Creek watershed impacts over 500,000 people: whether you live in the watershed, or drink the water that came from the watershed.

Come to an event this week to learn more about your role in the watershed, and how you can help keep your watershed healthy!

Swift Creek Week Events (Check out Sound Rivers Facebook Event page for updates)

Also,  check out what our friends in Durham are doing for Durham Creek Week!

MARCH 18 (SATURDAY)BIG_SWEEP_Spring_ColorBlock

Big Sweep Cleanup at Lake Wheeler Park

Saturday March 18, 2017 @ 9:00AM to 11:00AM 

Location: Lake Wheeler Park, 6404 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603

Join Wake County’s Big Sweep by helping remove litter at Lake Wheeler Park! Reducing litter along the shoreline and park grounds helps keep the drinking watershed healthy. Check in at 9:00AM at the Waterfront Program Center. Volunteers will clean up until 11:00AM. Gloves, trash bags and data cards will be provided. Please wear appropriate clothing for cleanup (no open-toed shoes). Light refreshments will be provided.

Volunteers under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Questions? Please call the park office at 919-662-5704.

No advanced signup is required!

 

Corn Grinding Demonstrations and Costumed Tours at Historic Yates Mill County Park

Saturday March 18, 2017 @ 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Location: Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603

It’s 1863 at Yates Mill, and the yard is alive with activity! Step back in time with our 19th century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal…

  

Corn Grinding Demonstrations and Costumed Tours at Historic Yates Mill County Park

Saturday March 18, 2017 @ 1:00PM to 4:00PM

Location: Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603

It’s 1863 at Yates Mill, and the yard is alive with activity! Step back in time with our 19th century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal…

 

MARCH 19 (SUNDAY)

Canines for Clean Water at Lake Benson Park

Sunday March 19, 2017 @ 9:00AM to Noon

Location: Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road, Garner, NC 27529

Did you know that pet waste contains bacteria and parasites that can pollute our waterways? Also, pet waste contains high levels of nutrients, when these nutrients enter our streams and lakes they contribute to harmful algae growth and invasive aquatic weeds. This harms the freshwater organisms, and produces toxins dangerous to humans and animals.

Stop by Lake Benson Park and have your four-legged friend sign a pledge promising that it will pick up its waste! In exchange for signing the pledge, your dog will receive a free Canines for Clean Water bandana! We will be set up by the dog park in Lake Benson Park.

No advanced signup is required!

 

Meet Your Watershed Tour

Sunday March 19, 2017 @ 3:30PM to 5:30PM

Location: 2518 Benson Road, Garner, NC 27529

Join the Triangle Land Conservancy on a walking tour of an Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative (UNCWI) property! Tour starts at 3:30PM at the Liles Property located at 2518 Benson Road, Garner NC 27529. The Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative is a partnership of nonprofit organizations and local governments that seek to protect the lands most critical for ensuring the long-term health of drinking water supplies in the Upper Neuse River Basin. During this tour representatives from Triangle Land Conservancy, City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department, and Conservation Trust for North Carolina will explain how properties are selected for preservation through land acquisition and conservation easements, how they are acquired, and how they are maintained. All of this will be covered while touring the beautiful Liles Property, and learning how this property helps water quality.

Signup here! 

MARCH 21 (TUESDAY)

Dempsey E. Benton Water Treatment Plant Tour

Tuesday March 21, 2017 @ 12:00PM to 1:00PM

Location: Dempsey E. Benton Water Treatment Plant, 2301 Benson Road, Garner, NC 27529

Join us for a tour of the Dempsey E. Benton Water Treatment Plant! This water treatment plant treats water from Lake Benson, which is operated in series with Lake Wheeler, and supplies drinking water for the City of Raleigh, Town of Rolesville, Town of Garner, Town of Knightdale, Town of Wake Forest, Town of Wendell, and Town of Zebulon. Come out and learn about how your water is treated! Our mascot, Sir Water Raleigh, will be there to greet you!

Sign Up Here! 

Additional Information:

  • Open to all aged 10 years and above

Day of the Tour:

  • All participants over 18 years of age must bring a valid Passport, Driver’s License or State/County issued ID card the day of the tour.
  • Bring completed Release of Liability Forms from all Attendees [required].

Safety:

  • No sandals, flip-flops, and backless, open, open-toe or heeled shoes. Everyone must wear sturdy, close-toe shoes and socks.
  • No shorts or short skirts. You must wear long pants or ankle-length skirts. We recommend not wearing pants/slacks that drag on the ground).
  • Read the Tour Guidelines for more information

 

MARCH 22 (WEDNESDAY)

Mill Heritage and Local History Tour

Wednesday March 22, 2017 @ 2:00PM to 3:00PM

Location: Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603

Discover Historic Yates Mill – a place of business, community, and exciting local history! Watch a brief slideshow, then explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of water as it turns the milling machinery…

 

MARCH 25 (SATURDAY)

Lake Wheeler Tree Planting Event

Saturday March 25, 2017 @ 9:00AM to 12:00PM

Location: Lake Wheeler Park, 6404 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603

Join us in planting trees to help protect your watershed from pollutants such as sediment and nutrients. Forests help to keep water clean in many ways, including slowing down rainwater flow which allows it to be filtered through the soil before it enters streams and lakes. Trees also help prevent erosion of soil, and they provide shade for streams which keeps water temperatures in check during the summer.

Please wear appropriate clothing for tree planting (no open-toed shoes). Light refreshments will be provided.

Signup here! 

 

Get Geeked for Swift Creek Week

Saturday March 25, 2017 @ 2:00PM to 4:00PM

Location: Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603

Stop by and learn about your drinking water, watersheds, or volunteer to create a container for excess fishing line! Stop by anytime between 2:00PM to 4:00PM at any of our tables to learn more!

Where does your drinking water come from? A representative from the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department will discuss your drinking water and how it is protected!

What is a watershed anyway? A representative from Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District will explain what watersheds are, and how to keep them healthy! Check out the EnviroScape model – an interactive model of a watershed that shows how our waterways become polluted.

Where does all of the old fishing line go? The president of the River Guardian Foundation will guide you through constructing a container that will be used to collect used fishing line! This fun activity can be done by anyone, and will help keep fishing line out of our waterways!

No advanced signup is required!

 

Yates by Night

Saturday March 25, 2017 @ 7:00PM to 8:00PM

Location: Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh, NC 27603

Go on a night hike with a park naturalist to test your sensory skills after dark. We will hike past the pond edge and through forests, wetlands and fields to discover what happens in these habitats at night. The air will be crisp and the land will be alive with night sounds. Come prepared for a fun and engaging spring nighttime adventure…

 

For Swift Creek Week questions, contact:

Liz Weisbrot, City of Raleigh, Public Utilities Department:

Elizabeth.Weisbrot@raleighnc.gov

Desk 919-996-3468

Cell 919-280-5296

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