Public Education


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Public Education
Part of the stormwater program mandated by the state is a public education and outreach component. This program aspect teaches the public how to protect water quality and reduce water quantity concerns by not discharging pollutants and obstructive materials into the stormwater drainage system.The stormwater department has a popup table top display that is part of an educational booth at events such as the Whirlligig festival and the Wilson County Fair. This display highlights a few of the most common home causes of water pollution and appropriate steps to correct the problems. Click here (PDF) to see the display.

Enviroscapes
Through a NC 319 stormwater education grant, the city was able to purchase a three-dimensional model that shows how stormwater pollution affects our streams and waterbodies. This interactive display allows children to see and experience hands on that what they do in their own yards washes downstream and has a large effect on the environment.

Clean Water Education Partnership
The City of Wilson is a partner of the Clean Water Education Partnership, which is a administered by the Triangle J Council of Governments. This partnership is comprised of a group of local governments within the Neuse River basin. By partnering together, municipalities can pool resources to produce mass communications, such as tv and radio commercials.

Workshops and Seminars
Occasionally the stormwater division sponsors workshops and seminars for local business owners and maintenance professionals to help increase understanding of current regulations and ease communications with the stormwater division. The city hopes to host a stormwater workshop every 6 months. If your business, organization, or home owners association would like to host a workshop or have someone from the stormwater division come and speak, please contact the Public Works Department at 296-3305.

Catch Basin Marking Program

If you have ever taken a look at many of the storm drains throughout the city, you may have noticed one of the forms of public outreach from the stormwater division. Markers are placed on the catch basins saying “No Dumping, Drains to Creek” These are to hopefully make people realize that stormwater does not go to the treatment plant and only rain should go down the drain.

Home Solutions to Stormwater Pollution
Car Care for Do-It-Yourselfers

Home Maintenance Tips

Adopt-A-Stream

The Adopt-A-Stream Program is looking for volunteer groups to walk, clean, and protect streams in Wilson. The program allows groups to adopt stream segments to help promote healthy clean stream environments in the City.

Groups should walk their stream reach at least twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall, to identify water quality problems. The groups should also conduct at least one stream clean-up each year along their designated stream reach. Stream clean-ups involve the physical removal of trash and debris from the stream channel to a nearby designated location for collection and disposal by the City. The City recommends groups to organize their clean-up to coincide with North Carolina’s “Big Sweep” in early October or Earth Day in late April and the City provides trash bags for the volunteer groups. Signs are erected to recognize the efforts of groups that adopt at least one half mile of stream within the City’s jurisdiction.

When volunteer groups perform their stream walks and clean-ups, each group is asked to complete and submit a Field Data Sheet, and notify the City of any pollution sources found. The City will investigate reported pollution problems to ensure they are eliminated.

The City is not responsible for injury to persons or property resulting from Adopt-A-Stream activities. Once a segment of the stream reach has been adopted, it is the responsibility of the adopting group to obtain permission from all adjacent property owners for stream walks and clean-ups. Educational door hangers describing the Adopt-A-Stream Program and its benefits to the environment are available from the City to notify property owners of the adopting group’s proposed activities.

WHY ADOPT-A-STREAM?
By adopting a section of stream you are improving one of Wilson’s greatest natural resources – our creeks and streams. Every day litter enters our streams via storm drains and illegal dumping.

With over 175 miles of streams, volunteers are needed to assist cleaning up this unsightly litter and report water pollution problems. One of the best ways to find problems is to get into the stream and walk the channel.

To start the process read carefully through the information below.
Email the Stormwater Environmental Specialist, to start looking for stream segments available to your group. Once a segment is chosen, a contract will be emailed to you.

Program Basics

  • Groups are required to sign up for a minimum 2 year commitment to the program.
  • Groups are required to complete a minimum of 1 clean-up a year.
  • Group size is best when kept at 15 or less volunteers.
  • Groups receive road sign after first clean-up and return of data sheet.
  • Groups must schedule clean-ups with the stormwater division and if needed, reserve supplies.
  • Groups are provided with vests, gloves, and trash bags.

Forms

Things To Note

  • April, May, September and October are the busiest months for clean-ups – schedule early if you want supplies!
  • Remember to watch the weather. Streams rise rapidly and can quickly become unsafe.
  • Trash must be left at the road/sidewalk in order for it to be picked up and EXACT location must be noted on data sheet.
  • The name of the group on the contract will be what is put on the road sign. No websites or phone numbers are allowed.

For more information or to sign up, email the Stormwater Environmental Specialist, or call 252-296-3305.

Participating Organizations:

Jones Elementary Science Club

Jones Elementary Science Club

Tang Soo Do Karate Center

Tang Soo Do Karate Center

Grupo Paradicma

Grupo Paradicma

Wilson Home School Envirothon Club

Wilson Home School Envirothon Club

Educational Forest Volunteers

Educational Forest Volunteers

Rinker Materials, Inc.

Rinker Materials

Boy Scout Troop 8

Boy Scout Troop 8

Adopt-A-Street

The Adopt-A-Street Program is looking for volunteer groups. This is an excellent opportunity to make a positive impact in the community. Here in Wilson, we currently have families, civic groups, school groups, clubs, businesses and neighborhoods that have signed up to commit to keeping their local street clean. We recognize each group by installing a roadside sign with the name of the group that is responsible for the clean area. By keeping the streets clean, we can enhance the areas in which we work and live. In addition, by keeping the streets free of the trash, leaves, debris, etc. this will prevent our storm drains from becoming clogged with this debris, which in turn keeps our streams cleaner and improves our local water quality.

With 230 miles of City maintained streets, volunteers are needed to assist in keeping these streets in our community clean. The City will provide the group with all the materials needed for a clean-up as well as pick up and dispose of all the collected trash from the clean-up once the group notifies us that it is completed.

When volunteer groups perform their clean-ups, each group is asked to complete and submit a Field Data Sheet, and notify the City of any pollution sources found. The City will investigate reported pollution problems to ensure they are eliminated. The City is not responsible for injury to persons or property resulting from Adopt-A-Street activities.

Program Basics

  • Groups are required to sign up for a minimum 2 year commitment to the program.
  • Groups are required to complete a minimum of 2 clean-ups a year, however the City will provide support and materials for as many clean-ups as a group wishes to perform.
  • Groups receive a road sign after first clean-up is completed and the data sheet is filled out
  • Groups must schedule clean-ups with the stormwater division and if needed, reserve supplies
  • Groups are provided with reflective vests, gloves, trash bags, rakes, shovels, brooms, and trash grabbers

Forms

Other Items

  • The most common months for clean-ups to take place are April, May, September, and October- schedule ahead for these months to make sure you have the supplies reserved that you need
  • Remember to watch the weather
  • Trash must be left at the road/sidewalk in order for it to be picked up and EXACT location must be noted on the data sheet

For more information or to sign up, email the Stormwater Environmental Specialist, or call 252-296-3305.

Participating Organizations:

Jaimes Family

Wilson Chapel Male Chorus

Darden Alumni

Joe Bonomolo

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority