North Carolina Creek Smart® Resources

Cistern and Rain Garden Maintenance Guides

ECWA has created maintenance guides for cisterns and rain gardens to help you get the most out of the Creek Smart® additions to your property.
View or download the
Cistern Maintenance Guide
View or download the
Rain Garden Maintenance Guide.

North Carolina 811

North Carolina 811 is a free service for the marking of electric, water, cable, and gas utility lines. Call 811 before you dig, or visit their website at

North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Division

In North Carolina, the local Soil and Water Conservation Districts administer the statewide Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP). Please visit the NCDA&CS website to find your district and contact your local agent.

CCAP is a voluntary incentive-based program designed to improve water quality through the installation of best management practices (including Creek Smart practices). The CCAP practices funded include backyard rain gardens, backyard wetlands, bioretention, cisterns, grass swales, impervious surface conversion, permeable pavement, and stream restoration, among others. Interested homeowners may apply to the Chatham County Soil and Water Conservation District for financial and technical assistance. Applications are ranked based on local water quality priorities. Landowners may receive financial assistance of up to 75% of the pre-established average cost of the practice.

NC Cooperative Extension

NC Cooperative Extension partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land, and economy of North Carolinians.

Statewide, NC Cooperative Extension provides specialists in many areas, including agents who focus on Watersheds and Water Quality. Please visit the NC Cooperative website to find your nearest county center and contact your local agent.