Festival for the Eno – July 4 and 5!

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Volunteers needed before, during, and after!

2015 Festival for the Eno - July 4 and 5!  Tickets available now!!!

Featuring 4 stages of great music and dance

Over 85 of the regions finest crafts artisans

Plus: Sweetwater Beer Garden, food trucks, backyard chickens and bees, the High Strung musical instrument petting zoo, dance workshops, paddling demos and tons of hand-on, feet-wet activities along the shaded banks of the 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

Herbicide Treatments in the Eno Take Place May Through September

About 30 members of the public showed up at a meeting in Hillsborough on April 29th to hear about a 2-year experiment to apply herbicides in the Eno River. The meeting was hosted by the Eno River Hydrilla Management Task Force. Representatives from the Task Force, which is made up of 16 local governments, federal and state agencies, and public interest groups, says the project is aimed at combating the invasive plant hydrilla in a section of the Eno from US 70 in Hillsborough to Roxboro Road in Durham through Eno River State Park and West Point on the Eno Durham City Park. The herbicide will be continuously applied May through September in 2015 and 2016.
This stretch of the river is heavily infested with the invasive plant, which is crowding out native species and having a negative impact on recreation. The plant also harbors a toxic blue-green algae that is harmful to both water fowl and their predators. Research by NC State University and the state parks system suggests that hydrilla is spreading downriver at a rate of up to one mile per year and could soon become a nuisance in Falls Lake.

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.

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.

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?

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.