2016 Calendars available now- 50 Years of Protecting the Eno

EnoCalendarCover-WebNeed a great way to kick off 2016- the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Eno River Association? Need to hang some beautiful photos on your wall? Need a bunch of little squares to write birthdays on? We’ve got you covered! Pick up your Eno calendar at these fine local shops or the Association office on Guess Road. Email calendar@enoriver.org for more info or visit the calendar webpage here.

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.

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.