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The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association

The Beaver Queen Pageant is a fundraiser for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA) and its mission to preserve and protect and restore a healthy, living Ellerbe Creek watershed. Ellerbe Creek flows for more than 20 miles through Durham to Falls Lake, Raleigh’s water supply. Sadly, the Creek is listed as one of North Carolina’s most polluted streams.

Since 1999, ECWA has protected over 335 acres of land along Ellerbe Creek and its tributary streams, restoring these forgotten and neglected areas into community assets as six public nature preserves of more than 135 acres. One of those nature preserves is the Beaver Marsh and beavers have been found in other spots along the Creek.

ECWA encourages community involvement with Ellerbe Creek and the land alongside it, through workdays, nature hikes, and outreach into schools and neighborhoods that border the creek. The money raised through the Beaver Queen Pageant support ECWA’s long-term goals for the watershed including:

--> C R E A T I N G  an interconnected network of trails and nature preserves linking downtown Durham to Falls Lake,

--> R E S T O R I N G  water quality and habitat in Ellerbe Creek through innovative, scientifically-sound, and proactive approaches to resolving urban water pollution,

--> C R E A T I N G  green spaces for people in the community to enjoy.

Find out more about how you can be a part of ECWA at www.ellerbecreek.org

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