Starting Monday, Durham city staff and contract engineers will be out in the Third Fork Creek watershed in southwest Durham to study the creek and help develop a clean-up and revitalization plan, the city announced today.
Third Fork Creek flows into New Hope Creek and Jordan Lake, the latter, of course, being the source of attention and lately because of a recent watershed rezoning that could allow for more intense development closer to the reservoir, which is a drinking water source for Chatham County and Cary. Jordan Lake already faces water-quality issues and estimates to improve the conditions and maintain water quality are in the millions of dollars. Read more about recent legislation involving mandates to clean up Jordan Lake >>
Crew members, who will be wearing orange vests for easy identification, plan to complete their field evaluation by the end of December. After the field work, the crew will prioritize potential improvement projects to include in the city's watershed plan, which it hopes to present in May 2011, the announcement said.
A map of the neighborhoods in the watershed assessment is available here.