Ellerbe Creek sedimentation raises concern

Environmental, Neuse River Watershed, Sound Rivers, Stormwater Issues, Stormwater Runoff, Water Quality

Posted on April 4th, 2024

Sedimentation of Ellerbe Creek has muddied its waters in recent months.

Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop was back at Ellerbe Creek this week, assessing the muddied waters. She reported her findings to the members of the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, via a Zoom call on Wednesday evening.

“That poor waterway is still running muddy. Yesterday, I recorded the stream running at 120NTU in a public nature preserve managed by the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, over two miles downstream of the construction site causing this turbidity,” Sam said.

Ellerbe Creek runs right through the heart of Durham, through many backyards, and along a greenway. The change in water quality, and the color of the water flowing in the creek, has caused some alarm recently.

“They are very concerned about the health of the creek after months of high sediment levels,” Sam said.

Even on a clear day with no recent rain, the creek appears muddy.

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