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Bookmark Contest 

Durham Soil and Water are holding their Annual Bookmark Contest March 1, 2018 - April 26, 2018, for K-2nd-grade students in Durham.  This year the theme is “Things Found in The NC forest”.  Complete rules on the contest and entry forms can be found on the Environmental Education page of this website.

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Environmental Education


Teacher of the Year

The Durham Soil and Water Conservation District are now accepting applications for our 2018 Conservation Education Teacher of the Year award. Nominate yourself or an outstanding K-12th grade teacher you know that excels in conservation & environmental education in the classroom.  All teachers in public, parochial and private schools in Durham are eligible. Winners from Elementary, Middle and High School categories will each be awarded a plaque and a cash prize of $100 at our Annual Conservation Awards Banquet. Winners may also advance on to a statewide Conservation Education Teacher of the Year award.


  • Educators must be teaching full time in the classroom and be personally responsible for utilizing a conservation education program.
  • Shown concern, scope, and originality by integrating environmental education into his/her curriculum
  • Provide a positive environmental role model
  • Team teachers are eligible, but awards will be made to the designated team leader.

 To apply:

Application and Rule

Please fill out our 1-page entry form and return by 5 pm on May 7, 2018. Completed entries can be returned to:

Durham SWCD 721 Foster St Durham, NC 27701


 For questions, please call or email: 919-560-0558;



Falls Lake Agriculture Rule, 15A NCAC 2B Rule 0280

Establishes collective nitrogen and Phosphorus reduction goals for agricultural operations in the watershed. This rule will affect anyone who engages in agricultural operations in the Falls Lake Watershed, produces crops or horticulture products (excluding trees) primarily for financial profit, engages in research activities in support of commercial production or has:

  • 5 or more horses
  • 20 or more cattle
  • 20 or more swine not in a feedlot
  • 150 or more swine in a feedlot
  • 120 or more sheep
  • 130 or more goats
  • 650 or more turkeys
  • 3,500 or more chickens
  • any combination that exceeds 20,000 pounds of live weight at anytime
All persons this rule effects must register with their Local Advisory Committee. To register or for more details, please visit the NC Division of Soil and Water Conservation's website at