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Subwatershed Studies

Four subwatersheds were identified for further study including Lower Booker Creek, Eastwood Lake, Crow Branch, and Cedar Fork. Completion of the subwatershed studies within the Booker Creek watershed is expected to be a multi-year planning process.  These studies all share the same goal – to evaluate the conditions of the creeks and streams and recommend improvements to water quality, flooding and erosion control issues.

The Lower Booker Creek study was completed in 2016 and accepted by the Town Council in January 2017.  The final report will be posted in the summer of 2017.  Project details can be found on the Lower Booker Creek page link.

Eastwood Lake

The Town of Chapel Hill and the W.K. Dickson consulting team has initiated the Eastwood Lake Subwatershed Study. The Eastwood Lake study area is primarily residential and is approximately 1.1 square miles and almost 700 acres. Eastwood Lake is also located within the study area and is a popular water resource for local residents. Field crews will be conducting stream walks in the area throughout the project.


Most of Chapel Hill has been developed as residential area and varies widely in regard to stream buffers, street and stormwater conveyance design, and stormwater control facilities.  For these reasons, it is important to specifically assess the stormwater concerns in each area and develop appropriate subwatershed plans for infrastructure and water quality improvements.

Continued development of subwatershed plans is a strategic initiative identified in the MASTER PLAN under the Town Council’s Stormwater Program Goals 2, 3, and 4.

The Booker Creek Watershed is approximately 6.3 square miles and five subwatersheds.  It is composed primarily of residential (single-family and multi-family) and commercial land uses.  The commercial land uses are concentrated in corridors along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, Weaver Dairy Road, East Franklin Street, and Fordham Boulevard.

There are two lakes - Lake Ellen and Eastwood Lake - in Booker Creek. Both are privately owned and have been classified as High Hazard per the NC Dam Inventory (N.C. Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources). In addition, there are several smaller ponds scattered throughout the Booker Creek watershed.

The Booker Creek Watershed Map


Opportunities for You to be Involved!

This web site will provide opportunities for the public to learn about each subwatershed study. Information, updates, maps, surveys, and public involvement opportunities will be continually posted to this project website.   Bookmark this site and check back frequently!