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Ellerbe Creek
Watershed Association
4th of JulyRefresh on the 4th! Foothills Brewing event at Motorco to benefit ECWA. Saturday, July 4th from 2-8pm. Dunk tank, water balloon toss, doggie pool, kiddie pool, and more fun water games. Come one, come all! More details coming soon!
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The Rocks Nature Preserve
Youth Conservation Corps

at Glennstone Nature Preserve

Image from ECWA wildlife camera
at Glennstone Nature Preserve

ECWA 2014 Creek Tour

Glennstone Nature Preserve

Artwork by Melanie Middleton's kindergarten class from EK Powe Elementary School about their science class field trips to the 17 Acre Wood

Bald Eagle at Beaver Marsh Preserve
(photo by j meehan)

Introducing the 2017 Beaver Queen

FUR-EDDIE MERCURY

photo by Lyn Steuart

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Behind an abandoned movie theater, just off Interstate 85 and above an urban wetland, 10 young people spent last week blazing half a mile of trails.

Maybe not quite blazing – more like chopping, pulling, digging, filling, grading and bridging half a mile through heat, bugs, brush and matted tangles of English ivy,...

The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association, City of Durham Stormwater Services, American Rivers, Downtown Durham, Inc., and the Triangle J Council of Governments are conducting a study in the Ellerbe Creek Watershed to identify opportunities for small stormwater retrofits (e.g. green roofs, rain gardens) with the potential to improve water quality in the creek.

It’s bawdy, it’s irreverent, but it also bills itself as family-friendly, and all the money raised goes for an environmental cause — to improve the water quality of Ellerbe Creek.

It is the annual Beaver Queen Pageant, and the 13th annual contest for the queen of the wetlands will be held Saturday, June 3, in Duke Park. Just about everything that is said at the pageant or published on the Beaver Queen website is a pun...

“Fur-Eddie Mercury” on Saturday was crowned the 2017 Beaver Queen after a competitive Beaver Queen Pageant that included singing, comedy and lots of double entendres.

The annual Beaver Queen Pageant, held the first Saturday in June at Duke Park, is a fundraiser for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. Funds are raised in large part by guests and contestants “bribing” judges — legally — to get their votes as well as participants paying $5 per vote.

The thirteenth annual Beaver Queen Pageant is this Saturday in Duke Park. The Clarion Content is a long-time fan.It is the big annual fundraiser for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. Ellerbe Creek is one of our area’s most important watersheds and environmentally diverse habitats.

It all started with a group of individuals trying to save a beaver den from an Interstate Highway. This year the theme of the Beaver Queen is the Wizard of Gnaws. (eg. Oz).

While out fishing on a lake with her father, 7-year-old Laura Smith lost one of her baby teeth. As the tooth was falling out, she hooked a big fish.

“That’s one of our family folk tales,” said Smith, now a parent as well as a stormwater expert with the city of Durham. “When families spend time in nature together, they are building the foundation for a lifelong environmental ethic, not to mention forming great memories.”

From Allibay and Watery Branch to Pinhook and Allergy Creek, the history of Ellerbe and South Ellerbe creeks is long and colorful. During his 1701 trek through the wilderness of the Carolinas, John Lawson headed east from Occaneechi Town (near what is now Hillsborough). Lawson wrote of hiking 14 difficult miles, "a sad stoney way," to the next village, called Adshusheer.

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Mahima with Celeste Burns ECWA Director of Conservation.
Mahima with Celeste Burns ECWA Director of Conservation.

Mahima is a master’s student with a concentration in water resources management at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University. Mahima was born and raised in India. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering, and worked for a non-profit in India before coming to Duke. Her work focused on solid waste, and water quality management in semi-urban areas around Pune, India. Her field trips, as a part of her undergraduate thesis, to remote parts of her home state of Karnataka to collect samples of water contaminated with arsenic and fluoride sparked her interest in water resources management. Her academic interests are water quality management, watershed management, and learning about the impacts of climate change on water availability in developing countries. Mahima also enjoys photography, singing, cooking, gardening, and cricket.

Mahima is working with the Conservation Trust for North Carolina and the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) as part of the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative to identify land parcels that have high conservation, restoration, and community access potential in the Ellerbe Creek watershed in Durham. She will conduct GIS analysis using criteria developed in the Upper Neuse Initiative 2015-2035 Conservation Strategy, refined by input from ECWA to prioritize land parcels in the Ellerbe Creek watershed. She will also assist ECWA staff in outreach and education events over the summer to increase awareness of water quality and land protection issues.