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2014 Mecklenburg County State of the Environment Report

Public Involvement for Water Quality

Each​ year, more and more people dedicate their time to protecting and restoring local surface water quality. 



Public Involvement for Water Quality
Citizen involvement is an integral part of protecting our water resources. With so many streams and large lakes in Mecklenburg County, we rely on citizens to be our eyes in the field. There are eleven volunteer programs relating to water quality available to citizens, offering opportunities to make a long term commitment to your neighborhood stream or groundwater aquifer, volunteer a couple of hours a year, or simply take the time to report unusual stream conditions. Whichever you choose, your actions are helping to protect our region's most valuable natural resource.

In Fiscal Year 2013, more than 200 volunteers marked 1,663 storm drains with the message, "Do Not Dump, Drains to Creek."  Since 2005, over 20,000 drains have been marked by volunteers. More than 1,300 volunteers conducted 129 stream clean ups this past year, removing over 22,000 pounds of trash from local streams and lakes through the Adopt-A-Stream program. Volunteers planted 2,000 tree seedlings in floodplain areas as part of the Creek reLeaf program. Volunteer programs are required of the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and six surrounding towns through the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit, an element of the federal Clean Water Act. Join in with your neighbors or co-workers and make a difference in your local watershed.

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The trends shown in the State of the Environment Report are not all based on tests of statistical significance. Data analysis, anecdotal evidence, and best professional judgment have been compiled to represent these trends. The State of the Environment Report takes a snapshot of important environmental indicators in an effort to educate the public while highlighting challenges, successes and the general direction of change for each indicator. For additional information on these indicators and the determination of trends, please follow the links and feel free to contact the appropriate resources.

Last updated 2/24/14