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.
(New!) 'A Clean Water Habitat' Public Art Now Adorns South Ellerbe Stormwater Restoration Project (January 30, 2018)
Durham Seeks Stormwater Restoration Project Input for former Duke Diet & Fitness Center (March 13, 2018 | PDF)
Durham Hosts Downtown Stormwater Project Design Workshop (September 14, 2017 | PDF)
Durham Seeks Stormwater Restoration Project Input (July 10, 2017 | PDF)
(NEW) Survey # 2 Summary | May 2018 (PDF)
Meetings & Presentations
Public Information Session #3, April 2, 2018
Design Workshop, September 27, 2017
Please use the links below to view the material presented at the Design Workshop. Comments and Questions concerning the South Ellerbe Stormwater Restoration are welcome throughout the project.
Design Workshop Video Recap (YouTube)
Public Information Session #1, July 27, 2017
1950 Historic Durham Map (PDF)
City Council approved acquisition of the property at 808 W. Trinity Avenue in the October 19, 2015 City Council Meeting. More Information
Durham Watersheds (PDF)
South Ellerbe Wetland Concept Plan (2012; PDF)
Phase I - Environmental Site Assessment (2011; PDF, 38 MB)
Limited Phase II (2013; PDF)
Additional Soil and Groundwater Assessment (2015; PDF)