Thursday, March 28, 2013

Lawn Clinic...

Or.... How I Stopped Torturing My Yard and Saved the Lakes

Our lawns are greening up and getting full of robins and dandelions, so you might be thinking about what you want to do differently this year in your yard. For example, as we try to reduce nutrients going into our lakes, can you make a difference by using the best times to fertilize and best ways to control weeds, and making sure you aren't spreading more fertilizer than you need? Do you have microclimates in your yard -- and how do you deal with them?

The Durham County Soil and Water Conservation District and the Sierra Club will be having a lawn clinic in from 1:00PM to 2:30 on March 30th. We will start by the wall at 839 Sedgefield Street, walk around to look at cool yards and talk about talk about how lawn chemicals get into stormwater. In the process, we will learn some practical things about lawn care.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Durham E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event April 20

Durham E-Waste Recycling & Paper Shredding Event April 20
Free, Convenient Event Kicks Off Earth Day Weekend; Open to All Durham Residents and Businesses
DURHAM, N.C. – Durham residents and businesses looking for a chance to kick off Earth Day weekend by keeping old electronics and paper out of our landfills should mark their calendars now for the City of Durham’s E-Waste Recycling and Paper Shredding Event.
Residents and businesses may safely dispose of nearly all electronic devices with a cord and unwanted paper documents on Saturday, April 20, 2013, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Durham County Memorial Stadium, located at 750 Stadium Dr. Event staff will be on hand to unload old electronics and paper.
The free event, co-sponsored by the City of Durham’s Solid Waste Management Department, Sonoco Recycling, Shimar Recycling, Synergy Recycling and Durham County Government, will accept nearly all electronic devices with a cord, including:
· Computers, laptops, keyboards, mice, printers, monitors, speakers, copiers, scanners, circuit boards, hard drives, computer parts, etc.
· Televisions, stereo equipment, tape players, receivers, amplifiers, record players, etc.
· Kitchen electronics, such as microwaves, mixers, blenders, choppers, etc.
· Telephones, cell phones, and fax machines
· Hair dryers, curling irons, alarm clocks and vacuum cleaner
· Power tools, cordless tools, etc.
· Electronic toys, such as keyboards and video game systems
· This event will not accept large appliances, refrigerators, air conditioners, or any other appliances that contain Freon.
Confidential paper shredding will also be provided on site. Requirements for shredding include:
· Paper may contain paper clips and staples; however, hanging file folders will not be accepted.
· Only paper should be brought for shredding. CDs, DVDs, and other non-paper items will not be accepted.
· All paper should be loose and not in binders or other binding items made of non-paper.
· Residents may be present to observe their confidential document shredding if the amount to be shredded can fit into one 96-gallon roll cart (approximately 240 pounds of material or approximately eight small, banker boxes of material).
· Participants with larger quantities will have items placed in boxes to be shredded off-site at Shimar Recycling’s secure facility.
Durham residents who can’t make this event can still safely and conveniently recycle their old electronics at the City’s Waste Disposal and Recycling Center (Transfer Station), located at 2115 E. Club Blvd. The facility is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
For information about items accepted at this event or the City’s recycling facilities, contact Durham One Call at (919) 560-1200 or visit
For information about the 2013 Durham Earth Day Festival, set for Sunday, April 21 from noon to 5 p.m. at Durham Central Park, visit or call (919) 560-4355.
About the Solid Waste Management Department
The City of Durham's Solid Waste Management Department promotes and supports a high quality of life for the residents of Durham by providing comprehensive, responsive, environmentally-safe, efficient and cost-effective solid waste collection, recycling and disposal programs. Department services include roll-out cart collection, cart delivery and repair service, cardboard collection, yard waste collection, waste reduction and recycling, bulky item pick-up, and disposal services. The Ten Year Solid Waste Management Plan, in conjunction with the City’s Strategic Plan, ensures that the department provides professional management that contributes to creating thriving, livable communities and a well-managed city. For more information, visit

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Temporary Changes to Durham Water Quality

City of Durham Temporarily Changes Water Disinfection Method Beginning February 28, 2013
Annual Process Required by State and Federal Regulations Will Occur Throughout March ​

DURHAM, N.C. — Durham residents may notice a slight change in the taste and color of their water throughout the month of March. Beginning February 28 through April 1, 2013, the City of Durham’s Water Management Department will temporarily stop adding ammonia as a part of the water treatment disinfection process in order to meet annual state and federal water requirements. During this time, only chlorine will be used for disinfection. The department’s Water and Sewer Maintenance Division will also begin flushing the entire water system to allow chlorine to disperse throughout the system. System flushing will begin in the evening of Sunday, March 3. Although most of the flushing will be conducted Sundays through Thursdays between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. to minimize the impact, customers should expect to see crews flushing during regular business hours as well. During the three-week flushing process, staff will start working in the north and south sides of the city and progress toward the center of the city.

During this process, residents may notice slight discoloration in their water when crews are working in their neighborhoods. Residents receiving kidney dialysis treatment as well as aquarium and pond owners should continue to take special precautions to remove traces of ammonia and chlorine from the water prior to using it. Residents should also check their water before washing white clothing. If water discoloration occurs, customers should run their water for a few minutes until it becomes clear.If water discoloration persists, contact the Water and Sewer Maintenance Division at (919) 560-4344. Durham has been using chloramination as the disinfection process since January 2002.
Chloramination uses both ammonia and chlorine to disinfect water and reduces the formation of disinfection by-products in the water distribution system. City water treatment plant staff will resume adding ammonia into the disinfection process on April 1, 2013. Several other neighboring water providers, including Cary, Raleigh and the Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA), will be carrying out the same temporary disinfection process change and system flushing during this time period. For more information on the disinfection process, contact the City’s Water Management Department at (919) 560-4381. Questions related to the flushing program should be directed to the City’s Water and Sewer Maintenance Division at (919) 560-4344. Information about the City’s water treatment and disinfection process may also be found on the City’s website at About the Water Management Department

The Water Management Department is responsible for the operation and maintenance of Durham's water supply, water treatment and water reclamation (wastewater treatment) facilities, the collection and distribution systems (including meter reading), and customer billing services. The department has a wide variety of support divisions and programs to maintain the existing infrastructure that provide these integral services and strive to be a responsible steward of the City’s physical assets. For more information, visit or “like” Durham Saves Water at


Monday, March 11, 2013

Operation Medicine Drop

Operation Medicine Drop provides the public with an opportunity to prevent poisonings, drug abuse and theft, as well as protect our waters by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications. The public can anonymously drop off prescription, veterinary, and over-the-counter medications.

Locally, Operation Medicine Drop is sponsored by Duke and Durham Regional Hospitals and their Pharmacies, local law enforcement, the Museum of Life and Science, and Safe Kids Durham County.

Wanda Boone, Together for Resilient Youth and Mark Sullivan, the Chronic Pain Initiative – Northern Piedmont Community Care Network and many others work on this issue throughout the year. For more information, contact: Wanda Boone, T.R.Y Coalition, and

March 2013 Local Drop Off Sites

March 22nd
Duke University Hospital North Lobby 6:30am-10am
Duke University Hospital South Lobby 10:30am-3pm
Durham Regional Hospital 9:30am-2:30pm

March 23rd, 10am-2pm
Kroger, 202 W Hwy 54, Durham
Kroger, 3457 Hillsborough Rd, Durham
Central Pharmacy, 2609 N. Duke St., Durham
Kerr Drug, 1812 Holloway St, Durham
Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave, Durham
Triangle Pharmacy, 4711 Hope Valley Rd, Durham

TIP - There is a permanent drop box at Durham Police Department Headquarters 505 W. Chapel Hill St. You may drop off your unused drugs there.

Meeting reminder

General Meeting this Tuesday
March 12, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

Harris Inc
3505 Hillsborough Rd
Durham, NC 27705

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Coffee with the City Council, 3/9/2013, 10:00 am

PAC District 3 Meeting
Saturday March 9, 2013
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
(GMT-05.00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)
Location: Community & Family Life Rec. Ctr. at Lyon Park (1309 Halley St.)

Members and Citizens,

All Durham Residents are invited to join Partners Against Crime - District 3 for Coffee with Council
March 9th, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon, at the Community Life and Family Center at Lyon Park - 1309 Halley St., Durham 27707.

Your input to the City Council on the City of Durham's 2013 - 2014 fiscal year budget is requested.
Your ideas, questions or comments on the use of City resources can be submitted by use of this form:

March 9th Online Coffee with Council,Questions, Issues or Comments
Please cut and paste this into your browser: https://docs. spreadsheet/ viewform? formkey=dEkwdWRs enBCN3otZ2ptTEth d0lWTlE6MQ

Questions about Coffee with Council or the City of Durham's 2013 - 2014 fiscal year budget - please contact District 3 NIS Community Liaison - Community Engagement Manager, Lynwood Best he can be reached at: 919.560.1647 ext. 34254 - or e-mail Lynwood.Best@ durhamnc. gov.

Questions, concerns or issues with using this form can be submitted to Co-Facilitator -
Patricia Burchett at burchett.p@gmail. com

Opportunity will be given to ask questions to the City Council. There will be a 2 minute time limit on asking your question.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting.
We Thank You - Your input matters!

Any questions or concerns, your Facilitators are here to assist.


Pattie Cloninger
919.201.8209 (C)
Patricia Burchett
919.599.0353 (C)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

neighborhood meeting in one week

Mark your calendar: HVNNA will be meeting on Tuesday, March 12 at 7:00 pm at Harris Inc.

Bring your trash cans in. No pick-up this week.

The City of Durham  Solid Waste Management Department  has suspended trash and recycling collections on Thursday, January 18. Road and weat...