Orange County 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.

NC Cooperative Extension
Orange County Center

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. The local Orange County agent is Dr. Carl Maytac.

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

Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District

The Orange County Soil and Water Conservation District administers the statewide Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) in Orange County. Your local agent is Gail Hughes.

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 Orange 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.

Friends of Bolin Creek

Friends of Bolin Creek is a non-profit organization committed to conserving, protecting, and advocating for the Bolin Creek Watershed.

Their Rain Garden Initiative aims to spark an abundance of rain gardens in Chapel Hill and Carrboro to decrease stormwater runoff and improve water quality in the watershed. Friends of Bolin Creek occasionally hosts hands-on workshops to teach homeowners how to install rain gardens on their properties.

Town of Chapel Hill
Stormwater Management Division

The Town of Chapel Hill Stormwater Management Division protects the health and safety of the public and the ecosystem by addressing stormwater quality and quantity concerns and ensuring compliance with federal and state stormwater mandates.

They have created an informative brochure to help residents learn more about rain gardens and installation.