What They Are Where They Are Protecting Watersheds Our Work
What They Are
A watershed is an area of land where rainwater collects, flows, or drains to a larger body of water. This can be a lake, stream, river, or ocean.
This is how the rainwater moves after it falls from the sky:
- Flows into smaller streams or tributaries, like Crabtree Creek and Walnut Creek;
- Goes through the stormwater system;
- These streams and pipes go through the city; and,
- Water empties into the Neuse River!
Where They Are
There are 37 different watersheds in Raleigh. Each watershed is connected to a stream and the land around it where the water flows. This covers the entire city, including your backyard!
The stormwater that flows through Raleigh covers about 420 miles of stormwater pipes and 640 miles of streams. During heavy rainstorms, water picks up pollution from impervious surfaces (i.e. roads and buildings). This can affect the ecology and health of a stream.
Do Your Part
We are working on a watershed master plan that will help identify water quality and stormwater infrastructure needs throughout the city. The plan will be used to make informed and strategic decisions about stormwater projects planned over the next several decades.