On Earth Day: Shop Zola, Support the Eno

On Wednesday April 22, Zola Craft Gallery on Ninth Street in Durham will donate 10% of all sales to the Eno River Association. Zola features fine craft and local artists. It has a wide selection of handmade jewelry, glass, pottery, and wood, as well as art for home and garden, making it an ideal place to buy unique gifts for friends and family. Go see them on Wednesday and support all the Association does to protect the beautiful Eno River.
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New in 2015! Join Frog Hollow and the Eno River Association as we make our way down the Eno River. Each month, we’ll paddle a new section  from Hillsborough to Falls Lake. Come with us and discover the river that has been home to Native Americans and Colonial settlers. Check out the 867 foot monadnock called Occoneechee Mountain, and watch turtles sunbathe. Register now at FrogHollowOutdoors.com. Eno River Association members receive a discount – email education@enoriver.org for the discount code!

Photo by James Hill

Photo by James Hill

May 23 Hillsborough
June 7 – Occoneechee Mountain area
July 26 – West Point on the Eno Night Paddle
August 29 – West Point to Penny’s Bend
September 26 – Penny’s Bend to Redmill Road
October 3 – Three Rivers Area exploration

Full Recovery Within Sight for Eno River Association

When a Durham city sewer main flooded the offices of the Eno River Association with untreated sewage in January, the group found itself with a huge mess to clean up and repair costs of over $100,000.

“It caused a complete upheaval. We were forced to relocate, and dealing with the damage has been time-consuming and expensive.” says the group’s Executive Director Robin Jacobs. “It helps that we’re such a resourceful organization. But we’re ready to put this chapter behind us and move on.” The group needs to raise just $X more to complete renovations and return to their building on Guess Road.

Despite the incident, the conservation group has continued saving land in Durham and Orange counties. “We’re in the middle of a project that will add 88 acres to Eno River State Park and have several others in the works upstream of Hillsborough,” says Jacobs. The group’s Sunday afternoon hikes and outdoor workdays are ongoing, and registration for iWalk the Eno, a science and nature summer camp for third, fourth, and fifth graders, is underway. “We’ve also just applied to renew our national accreditation,” adds Jacobs. “The public comment period for that is now open.”

By ordinance, the City of Durham will only cover up to $15,000 in sewer damages. In February, the group asked council members to foot more of the repair bill “Donors were telling us that they thought this should be on the city’s shoulders,” continues Jacobs. The city responded with an additional $25,000 grant to the organization. The Triangle Community Foundation, the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, the Cannon Foundation, and several individuals have also made major gifts. “The support we have received from the community has been extraordinary,” Jacobs added. “Now we need just a little more help to get us to the finish line.”

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the City of Durham Sewage spill at our Guess Rd offices, the clean up, and rebuilding efforts to date.   Check back for updates.

Day of Service on the Eno

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On a sunny cold Monday morning, Conservation Director Kim Livingston headed out with 20 volunteers to the Blue Indigo Slopes Nature Preserve. Raking and cutting, hauling and piling, volunteers cut a fire break for future management of the area. The rare plants in the preserve need burns to occur regularly so they can thrive, and the work was done in good time with many helping hands.

At the ncssm small 2same time, Education Director Liz Stabenow took a group of 15 high school students and a teacher from the NC School of Science and Math in Durham out to West Point on the Eno Park. They walked all of the trails on the south bank, removing hazards and doing trail maintenance work. Along the way, the students spotted trash by the river and moved into action-quickly filling eight trash bags with garbage and recycling before it reached the Eno.ncssm small 1

Want to lend a hand? You don’t have to wait for the next major holiday- there are monthly stewardship workdays that provide opportunities to get outside and do good. Email kim@enoriver.org to sign up & learn more. If you have a group of students, scouts, or young people interested in lending a hand, get in touch with liz@enoriver.org to learn more about educational opportunities.

Update on the damage from the City of Durham sewer main spill

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.

Please note that our  backyard is now closed to hikers and river access due to environmental contamination.

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  is currently in progress and visitors are asked to stay away until things at 4404 Guess Road return to normal. The Association has temporarily moved to space at the offices of Epting and Hackney Attorneys in Chapel Hill. The Eno office phone is being checked for messages remotely. Updated phone numbers for staff will be posted here soon.

Repairs, which will include partial demolition and reconstruction of the building’s interior, will take several months. Preliminary estimates put the cost at as much as $100,000, most of which will not be covered by insurance. The Eno River Association is requesting donations from the community to help cover the cost of the damages. Contributions may be made here and a wish list of items and services will be added to this website shortly. A fundraiser will be also held Saturday February 21 at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro. No volunteers are needed at this time, but we will keep the public informed as this changes.

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.

New Hidden Gems Calendar is Going Fast – Buy Yours Now!

2015hiddengemsThe 2015 “More Hidden Gems of the Eno” wall calendar is now available at Triangle retailers! It makes a great gift at $13 including tax. Bulk discounts are available for purchases of 10 or more.

Each month of the calendar highlights a different locale with GPS coordinates, maps, and stories about what makes each place along the Eno special. Calendar info is linked to additional web content. Get outside and discover these sites of natural beauty and historical interest!

Click here for a list of retail locations. Calendars can also be purchased at the Eno River Association office at 4404 Guess Rd., Durham NC 27712 during office hours (M-F, 9am – 5pm). Take care of your entire holiday shopping list and enjoy a $1 discount off each calendar by purchasing 10 or more. For more information, contact Liz Stabenow at 919-620-9099, x 204 or liz@enoriver.org.

Calendar sales support the conservation of land, water, and wildlife, important habitat restoration along the Eno, the expansion of Eno River State Park, and our efforts to connect more kids and adults with nature. The Eno calendar has been published since 1972.

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?

Eno River Tour -paddle the Eno in 2015!

New in 2015! The Eno River Tour is a series of canoe trips on the Eno. Join Frog Hollow and Eno River Association as we make our way down the Eno River. Starting at Hillsborough, each month we will paddle a new section of the Eno River River until it ends in Falls Lake. Over these various trips we will discover the hidden gem that is the Eno, let your imagination go wild as you paddle past areas that used to be home to Shakori, Occaneechi, and Eno American Indians, check out 867′ Occoneechee Mountain, watch turtles sunbathe, and more!  Register today for these paddle trips at the Frog Hollow Outdoors website.

Photo by James Hill

Photo by James Hill

May 23 Hillsborough
June 7
– Occoneechee Mountain area
July 26 – West Point on the Eno Night Paddle
August 29 – West Point to Penny’s Bend
September 26 – Penny’s Bend to Redmill Road
October 3 – Three Rivers Area exploration