Wake 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
Wake 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 Wake County agent is Mitch Woodward.

Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District

The Wake County Soil and Water Conservation District administers the statewide Community Conservation Assistance Program (CCAP) in Wake County. Your local agents are Jessica Pope and Teresa Furr.

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 Durham 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.

City of Raleigh
Stormwater Management Division

City of Raleigh Stormwater Management is a division of City of Raleigh Public Works charged with managing the local stormwater network and meeting federal & state water quality standards. The City of Raleigh maintains a stormwater quality cost share program that can provide match from 75%-90% to qualifying Creek Smart practices, such as rain gardens, stormwater wetlands, bioretention, cisterns, grass swales, green roofs, depaving, permeable pavement, and stream restoration, among others.

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 www.nc811.org.