Find Your Watershed

Stormwater flows through storm drains into nearby creeks and streams. Then it runs into to larger rivers, other bodies of water such as lakes, and finally the ocean. The land that drains to a specific water body is a watershed.

In Durham most of our stormwater flows either to Falls Lake or Jordan Lake. The northwest part of Durham is in the Falls Lake watershed. The southeast part is in the Jordan Lake watershed.

If you live in Durham, you can learn which watershed you live in through GoMaps. Here’s how:
  1. Open GoMaps.
  2. Search for your address. It should show up on the map outlined in blue and red.
  3. In the Active Layer drop down box at the top of the screen, select “Stormwater Watersheds” and click the Map Tips check box.
  4. Click on the small icon with an “i” (upper left hand side of map). Your mouse pointer should change to have an "i" next to it.
GoMaps top tool bar
  1. Click on your property and a box will pop up. It will display which stream and river basin the rain water that falls on your property flows to.
  2. If you like, you can click on the Map Layers menu option and click Stormwater from the list. You will be able to follow the drains to where they empty into a body of water.
Now that you know which of Durham’s watersheds you live in, you can learn more about it. You can also learn how to help protect your local waterways by preventing water pollution.
GoMaps Stormwater Map Layer