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Y’all Come! Eno Annual Meeting, Potluck, and Romp to the Eno

It’s free and its all happening at The Confluence of the east and west forks of the Eno,
Sunday afternoon October 11 from 1 – 4pm.turkeyeggs Bring a covered dish to share, your picnic blanket and lawn chairs. We’ll bring a assortment of thirst-quenching beverages (water, iced tea, and craft beer donated by North Coast Brewing Company). Don’t forget your hiking boots, kites, bubbles, frisbees and other toys! Here’s the schedule:

1:00  Potluck Luncheon and Fellowship
2:00  Brief business meeting with an overview of our accomplishments, current activities (highlighting the implementation of stewardship plans at The Confluence), and the  election of Officers and Directors of the Board
2:30  Romp to the River and other outdoor adventures

The Confluence is an extraordinarily beautiful 179-acre property with four miles of river and stream footage. This event will be held rain or shine, so dress for the weather and wear walking shoes or hiking boots. Bring your friends & family! The address is 4214 Highland Farm Rd., Hillsborough, NC 27278. To learn more, call us at 919-620-9099 or email

Holger Nygard Memorial Service August 1

Holger and Margaret Nygard

Holger and Margaret Nygard

A memorial service was held to remember Holger Olof Nygard on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 in the Nelson Music Room in the East Duke Building on Duke’s East Campus. Jennifer, Kerstin, and Erik Nygard with their families hosted a gathering of visitors later in the day at Yggdrasil, 4015 Cole Mill Road in Durham.

Donate Your Old Vehicle & Benefit the River

If you have an old car, boat, RV, jet ski, motorcycle, or other vehicle taking up space in your driveway or garage, you can now donate it to the Eno River Association and support the permanent protection of land, water and wildlife in our community. We have partnered with CARS to make the process as easy as possible. Just call 855-500-7433 or fill out this simple web form. CARS will come to your house and tow or haul the vehicle away, give you a receipt for tax purposes, and send Eno River Association a check. So, what are you waiting for?

Land on the Banks of Pea Creek Protected

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Eno River Association has completed the acquisition of the 17.52 acre Rees Property in eastern Orange County, about 1000 feet east of Eno River State Park.  Joe Rees, who served on the Eno River Association’s board from 1996 to 1999, donated the property to the Association. The Rees property is identified as a high priority parcel, within the top 2% of all properties in the Eno basin, in the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative watershed protection plan. The forested property will provide wildlife habitat and permanent stream buffer protection for approximately 2,480 linear feet along Pea Creek, a major tributary of the Eno River.  Joe Rees’ generous land donation is enhanced by a grant from City of Raleigh to the Association’s stewardship endowment as part of the City’s program to protect the headwaters of Falls Lake.

Has Eno Recovered?

When a Durham city sewer main flooded our office building with untreated sewage in January, we found ourselves with a huge mess to clean up and repair costs of over $100,000. Fortunately for the Eno, the community had our back. Thanks goes to the Triangle Community Foundation, the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, the Cannon Foundation, and several major donors for making us financially whole again.

Most of the major renovations were completed in the spring, and we returned to our building on Guess Road in May (just in time to prep for our 2015 Festival for the Eno). Meanwhile, we continued saving land in Durham and Orange counties, held our eighth iWalk the Eno Science and Nature Camp, applied to renew our national land trust accreditation, held numerous outdoor workdays, and managed a volunteer Trail Stewards program in Eno River State Park.

Some of you continue to ask if we are fully recovered. The answer is yes and no. Our office is intact and we are financially whole, yet still discovering things that were ‘lost’ and need replacing. We are working to regain our balance and return to ‘normal’. The community has been, and will continue to be, our ballast. We’re looking forward to a fresh (pun intended) new start in 2016 and a return to business as usual. Feel free to stop in anytime for a look-see of all the work that has been done with your support. Our door is always open!

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the City of Durham Sewage spill at our Guess Rd offices, the clean up, and rebuilding efforts.

Video of the city sewer spill at Eno

Here’s what the damage and continued impact of the City of Durham Sewer spill looked like 5 days later (Friday, 1/16/2015).  Here’s a link in case you’d like to make a donation.

Failed Durham Sewer Main Damages Eno River Association Headquarters – Video Below

Over January 10-11 weekend,  a city sewer main serving much of north Durham backed up, flooding the offices of the Eno River Association and Festival for the Eno with untreated sewage and causing major damage to the building. When staff arrived at the office Monday morning January 12, they found sewage spewing from the toilets and flowing throughout the building.

A video of some of the damages is below.

An extensive environmental cleanup  was required and visitors were asked to stay away until things at 4404 Guess Road returned to normal. The Association temporarily moved to space at the offices of Epting and Hackney Attorneys in Chapel Hill.

Repairs, which will included partial demolition and reconstruction of the building’s interior, took several months. Most of the $100,000 cost was not be covered by insurance.

Hydrilla: The Eno River’s #1 Enemy

Hydrilla, a fast-spreading non-native weed, is threatening our river!

  • It is growing in dense mats, affecting swimming, paddling, and fishing
  • It is crowding out our native plants
  • It is making it hard for large native game fish like White Bass to thrive
  • It is encouraging the growth of toxic blue-green algae that can threaten local birds

To learn more about efforts to monitor & control Hydrilla, visit our Hydrilla webpage.IMG_0064In 2011, Eno River State Park rangers worked with iWalk the Eno Summer Camp volunteers to hand-pull Hydrilla.


More Critical Land and Water Protected

Eno River at Freeman property photo by Mike Salemi

Eno River at Freeman property
photo by Mike Salemi

Over four acres was added to Eno River State Park in Durham County at the end of December, thanks to a land purchase completed by the Eno River Association last June. The Association also protected two more properties last September totaling 101 acres in Orange County. Approximately half this land adjoins Eno River State Park and protects Buckquarter Creek, a major tributary of the river.  The other half is located along the West Fork of Eno in Cedar Grove upstream of Hillsborough’s water supply. These projects would not have been possible without the generous support of our donors, the landowners, Orange County’s Lands Legacy Program, the Town of Hillsborough, the City of Raleigh, the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, and the Conservation Trust for North Carolina.