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Durham County Library Celebrates Creek Week with Presentation on Durham’s Urban Watersheds

Program: The History and Future of Durham’s Urban Watersheds
Date: Thursday, March 20
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will celebrate Creek Week with a presentation on three of Durham’s urban watersheds from Chris Dreps, Bob Healy and Robin Jacobs. The program will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 20, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

Creek Week, held from March 15-22 this year, provides opportunities for Durham residents to discover and explore local streams and lakes through educational programs and recreational activities, and encourages them to protect waterways through volunteer projects. This presentation will discuss how three urban watersheds – Ellerbe Creek, New Hope Creek and the Eno River – have changed over the years and what is currently happening with them. Presenters will outline the importance of watersheds in the growth of the city and neighborhoods’ drinking water, as well as the roles of government and private conservation groups in protecting them. A rain barrel provided by the City of Durham Water Management Department will be raffled off at the end of the program.

Dreps is Executive Director of the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association and has previously worked with the National Park Service and as director of the Upper Neuse River Basin Association. Healy is a member of The New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee and is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Policy at the Duke University Nicolas School of the Environment. Jacobs is the Executive Director of the Eno River Association and also practices law at Epting & Hackney, focusing in part on environmental conservation.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation and Durham’s Creek Week. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or


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