South Ellerbe Stormwater Project 

The site of the former Duke Diet and Fitness Center, 808 West Trinity Avenue, will be transformed into a natural stormwater restoration that will filter polluted stormwater from part of downtown and nearby neighborhoods. This restoration will benefit both the community and the environment by increasing green space, improving water quality, and improving aquatic life in South Ellerbe Creek.

Stormwater & GIS Services has been working on watershed planning and restoration efforts in several major watersheds in the City. This project is in the Ellerbe Creek Watershed which drains to Falls Lake. The restoration will help the City meet the Falls Lake Nutrient Management Strategy Rules. The rules require nutrient reduction from both new building projects and from older parts of the city. Durham's Stormwater Performance Standards for Development govern new building projects. Part of the city was built before those rules were in place. This restoration offers a unique chance to filter rain runoff in an urban area.

For information, contact Sandra Wilbur, Megan Walsh, or Lance Fontaine.

Press Releases:

NEW! Durham Hosts Downtown Stormwater Project Design Workshop (September 14, 2017 | PDF)

Durham Seeks Stormwater Restoration Project Input (July 10, 2017 | PDF)

Meetings  & Presentations

Public Information Session #1, July 27th, 2017

Public Information Session #1 Presentation | July 27th, 2017 (PDF)

Public Information Session #1 Video Recap (YouTube)

Upcoming Events:

Design Workshop (Open to the Public):
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Adaron Hall
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC 27701

Project Naming Contest:
Submit your suggestions* for a name by October 15th, 2017. 
*Ultimately, Durham City Council will pick the name.

Stay Informed

Get project updates on Twitter @DurhamStormH2O and Facebook @Durhamncstormwater

Check out our YouTube Channel CityofDUrhamNC

Contact Us

  1. Paul Wiebke
    Assistant Public Works Director, Stormwater & GIS Services

    Stormwater & GIS Services
    101 City Hall Plaza
    Durham, NC 27701

    Phone: 919-560-4326

    Report Stormwater Pollution: Call
    919-560-SWIM or submit a report.
    Both are anonymous.