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 up before those rules were in place. This restoration offers a unique chance to filter rain runoff in an urban area.

Further information on the project can be found below or by contacting Sandra Wilbur, Megan Walsh, or Lance Fontaine.

Press Releases:

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

Upcoming Events:

Project Naming Contest:
Submit your suggestions* for a project name by September 1st, 2017.
*Ultimately, Durham City Council will pick the name. This process will help provide suggestions to them.

Public Information Session:
Thursday July 27th, 2017 
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Committee Room, Durham City Hall
101 City Hall Plaza
Durham, NC 27701

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

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Contact Us

Paul Wiebke
Associate Public Works Director,
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