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DUWC's SWAMP Recognized with

2015 Source Water Protection

Award of Excellence

The NC Source Water Collaborative has presented the 2015 Source Water Protection Award of Excellence for Surface Water Implementation to the Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District for their role in sponsoring the Duke University Wetland Center's Upper Sandy Creek stream and watershed restoration project.

The award was presented at the joint North Carolina Water Resources Annual Symposium/Water Resource Research Institute Conference in Raleigh, NC, on March 18, 2015.

The collaboration between the Conservation District and the Wetland Center began with the project's inception in the late 1990s and continues to this day.

The Sandy Creek restoration was developed to reduce nutrients and sediment loads bound for Jordan Lake, part of the region's drinking water supply.

The restoration project, still ongoing, is better known by its acronymic name, the Stream and Wetland Assessment Management Park (SWAMP).

The NC Source Water Collaborative, a statewide partnership to protect drinking water, includes participants from non-profit organizations, universities, and government agencies (state, local, regional, and Federal).The Source Water Protection Awards Program was created to acknowledge innovative and collaborative solutions to protecting North Carolina's drinking water and watersheds. This is the first year for the award program.

Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District Director Eddie Culberson, District Supervisor Ray Eurquhart, and DUWC Director Curtis Richardson accept the 2015 Source Water Protection Award of Excellence for Surface Water Implementation at the 2015 North Carolina Water Resources Annual Symposium Awards Luncheon, celebrating the first annual NC Source Water Collaborative Awards. (Photos courtesy of M.G. Dupree)