Archive for April, 2010

Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association Gives Thanks

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010


PO Box 2679 Durham, NC 27705 * 919-698-9729 *


April 27, 2010

Dear Beaver Lodge Local 1504,

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. Since the inception of the Beaver Queen Pageant, you have raised over $9,000 for ECWA.  We want to share with you how your support and the volunteer efforts brought in by your wonderful event are being put to use. In addition to water quality projects, land acquisition, and environmental education and outings, we work closely with the city and other entities in ways that leverage funds and stretch scarce resources to achieve the greatest good for the city and the environment. Since 2009, ECWA has brought over 1.6 million dollars in value to city by protecting open space and environmentally sensitive lands, including grants for upgrades at our urban preserves, water quality improvement projects, and school programs.

In March 2009, we acquired a new preserve which we have affectionately dubbed the Beaver Marsh, our fifth preserve. We are now working with the local neighborhoods to add trails and benches to make the preserve accessible to the public. We want all of Durham to enjoy the marsh and upland wooded areas, and the thriving wildlife that can be found in these 32.5 acres.

This summer we will begin an ambitious bank stabilization/restoration project on Ellerbe Creek between Guess Road and Interstate 85. This project, also realized through a grant and the leveraging $325,000.00 in city funds, will improve water quality, reduce sediments entering Falls Lake, reduce destructive flooding, and improve the appearance of the creek. A key component of the project is to reduce the erosion that is severely threatening the integrity and safety of the adjacent city greenway trail. The work will help to restore native habitat, thus increasing the sustainability of the water and land for native species.

As partners in the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative, we are part of the recently awarded 1.3 million dollar Healthy Forests for Healthy Watersheds grant. Through this grant, ECWA will promote sustainable forest management and conservation easements so that landowners can generate income from their land while protecting water quality and preserving open space.

As these achievements demonstrate, your support of ECWA is an investment that provides many returns in helping to make Durham a greener, healthier, and more vibrant place to live and do business.  Working together as a community we have, and will continue to, create positive change and a sustainable future for our city.


Katherine Meehan

Development Director

Meet the 2010 Beaver Queen Contestants

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Yee Haw!!  The friendly revelry has started in the Bull City’s wetlands.   The contestants have taken the fun to the virtual worlds of facebook and twitter.   The banter comes to Main Street on Sunday,  May 2nd at West End Wine Bar @ 5:30 pm for the Kick off Party.  Be one of the first to meet the 2010 Beaver Queen Contestants.

No reason to wait until June 5th to stuff the box!  Vote early, vote often for your favorite contestants at the Board of Corruption.  Your dirty money helps Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association keep the beaver’s wetland clean.

8 Second Ride:  Out in the Wild Wild Wetlands  a good time only requires a sturdy mount from the Mustang Ranch and a little soft leather.   She likes a man who can shoot straight and with good control in the saddle.   She admits she has lost count of the number of gnawches on her belt.   

Save the wetlands, ride a beaver! 

Bambi the Ruffled Beaver:  The Dance Creek Girl came to the Wild Wild Wetlands to  seek her fortune as a mere kit and stayed to become the Brown Angel of the Creek. She studied days at the Miss Kitty Dance, Music and  Water Re-routing Academy , and graduated at the top of her class, earning the prestigious “Give a Dam” award from the human Jerry Mathers, himself.  BB then went on to design and build her own lodge where she performs and serves up the  finest  woodchips , creek water  and entertainment in the west.

If crowned, she will use her talents to spread the ideals of peace,love, and of course beaver!!!

Bullseye Beaver:  Bullseye Beaver hails from Durham County and learned to pick git-tar at his daddy beaver’s knee before he could even rope & ride. As soon as he was grown he lit out for the West where he found work in Beaverrace’s band in Las Vegas. After twenty years in the fast lane during which he fell prey to many of the temptations of show business, Bullseye got clean and longed to trade the dry Western plains for the cool streams and tall trees of home.


Dreaded Beaver:  The tale of Dreaded Beaver is one of over coming adversity.  While suffering through the years of drought here in the Piedmont her once luxurious pelt became matted and dull so to adapt she formed those knots into a pelt of beautiful dreadlocks for whichshe has come to be recognized by. Her goal now is to help all others, beaver and non beaver alike, to find their inner beauty and appriciate what makes them unique.

Scarlett O’Beavah:  After years of heartbreak and disappointment caused by The War of Northern Aggression, she fled her beloved land of Tara and decided to dedicate her life to Beaver Country. By becoming the most successful Madame in all the Wetlands, her Big Beaver Brothel (BBB) keeps her in an atmosphere in whichshe has long been accustomed.”My beavers have the cleanest wetlands in the South,” is her motto. And yes, she’s the best at birth’ in beavers too! 

If you are out herway,  do drop by for a cold beverage. Her beautiful beavers would be oh so happy to meet you!