Chapel Hill 2020 Special Topic: “Can We Heal Our Local Waterways?”

 Chapel Hill 2020 will offer the special topic presentation “Can We Heal Our Local Waterways?” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. This program brings to Chapel Hill 2020 the first event focused on current water quality problems and the actions needed to restore our urban streams. A series of expert speakers from the State of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro will share their knowledge, culminating in a community discussion about what to do about these problems.

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StreamFollowing the discussion, local photographer Mary Sonis will take us on a photo journey along Bolin Creek to discover some amazing wildlife.

From noon to 1 p.m., at a “Community Exchange” local groups interested in water quality will share what they are doing and give practical steps homeowners can take to ensure healthy creeks.

A free children’s program, “Exploring the World of Streams”, is offered concurrently for children of adults attending the symposium; registration details are on the Friends of Bolin Creek website

Water quality is critical for life, both for the natural ecosystem and for the growth and sustainability of our towns. Our streams in Chapel Hill and Carrboro are currently impaired. To protect our downstream water supplies and to make our creeks healthy again we must understand the problems so we know how to repair them. In addition to state and local government investment, we can through our individual actions all play a part in the solution.

Join us for this healthy waterways event!

This event is planned by Friends of Bolin Creek and the UNC Institute for the Environment and co-sponsored by Chapel Hill 2020 and the North Carolina Botanical Garden. Snacks will be provided.

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