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Stormwater/Erosion Control - March 17, 2017

Forsyth Creek Week turns 5 this year, and organizers are pulling together a mix of tested favorites and new activities to encourage everyone to get out and appreciate the beauty and importance of our local waterways.

New events this year include half-price stand-up paddleboarding at Salem Lake and motorized ultralight rides over the Yadkin River, a "story walk" for kids along Salem Creek with costumed UNCSA students, a Sacred Waters Workshop about the role of water in many religious traditions, a tour of the stream-restoration project at Miller Park, and more.

Popular returning activities include Salem Creek Greenway rides on Segway personal transporters, guided creekside bird-watching walks, water-themed trivia rounds during trivia nights at Foothills Brewing and River Ridge Tap House, a tour of historic Old Salem sites along Salem Creek and a fun, family-oriented fishing clinic and games presented by the N.C. Wildlife Commission. 

Dave Penrose, a leading North Carolina stream ecologist, will speak on "The story our streams tell" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at the Old Salem Visitors Center, to be followed by a free reception featuring local foods, refreshments and exhibits by Creek Week participating organizations.

Also during Creek Week, all Forsyth County Public Library branches will have special Creek Week-themed activities for children, the City-County Utilities Division will host brown-bag "lunch-and-learn" tours of water treatment and wastewater treatment plants, the Yadkin River Keeper will organize a canoe/kayak Yadkin River clean-up and Winston-Salem, Lewisville and Clemmons will be holding community clean-ups to keep litter from washing into local waterways.

All Creek Week activities are designed to give Forsyth County residents the opportunity to connect with – and appreciate – our local waterways, says Creek Week organizer Roseann L’Esperance. 

"Creek Week is a fun and positive way to remind people of the importance of our local waterways," said L’Esperance, who is the senior community educator for Winston-Salem’s Stormwater/Erosion Control Division. "They sustain not only our lives but also our quality of life, as a source for recreation and natural beauty." 

Most activities are free. Complete information and a calendar of all Creek Week events is posted at

The presenting sponsor for Forsyth Creek Week is North State Environmental, a local company that specializes in stream remediation, storm water management and erosion control. Also sponsoring Creek Week are the City/County Utilities Division, Forsyth County Soil and Water Conversation District, Stantec Inc., Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Green Resource LLC, HDR Inc., Hayward Industries Inc., Cavanaugh & Associates P.A. and WithersRavenel. 

In-kind support is being provided by Triad Eco Adventures, Hampton House Frame Shop, Rain Water Solutions, Foothills Brewing, the Winston-Salem Dash, River Oaks Community Church and Piedmont Aerosports. 

Forsyth Creek Week is a county-wide initiative organized by the Winston-Salem Stormwater/Erosion Control Division, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities Division, Forsyth County Extension, Winston-Salem DOT, Forsyth County Environmental Assistance and Protection, Forsyth County Public Libraries, the Town of Kernersville, the Village of Clemmons, the Town of Lewisville, Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, N.C. Fish & Wildlife, Forsyth Audubon, the Gateway Nature Preserve, Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Piedmont Land Conservancy, Reynolda Gardens, Kaleideum North, the Sierra Club, Trout Unlimited, Temple Emanuel, UNC School of the Arts, Wake Forest University School of Divinity and Yadkin Riverkeeper.

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