Who We Are

Bolin Creek Owl

Bolin Creek Owl

Friends of Bolin Creek is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization committed to conserving, protecting and advocating for the Bolin Creek watershed. Our goal is to improve the long-term health of Bolin Creek and its tributaries, designated impaired by EPA and the State of North Carolina, through education and supporting activities. Most important, we want to share our love for this beautiful creek and the habitat it supports and to conserve it.


Bolin Creek provides a home for an amazing diversity of creatures, including the rare four toed salamander, both in its waters and in the riparian buffer surrounding it. The creek also feeds into Jordan Lake, which is a water supply for over half a million people! Unfortunately, this wonderful creek is classified as impaired, meaning that it does not pass the standards set by our state for drinkable, fishable waters. In this site, you can learn about how to join us and make a difference to the creek!

Attend the Backyard Stream Repair Workshop on Saturday, January 28th.  Click here for more information.  Register here.

2 Responses to Who We Are

  1. Betsy Armstrong says:

    I use the trail from Ironwoods north and south and would like to know if there are permissions needed to alleviate mud patches on the trail. I would like to rake and mulch, pour sand and/or gravel to make the trail more passable. It seems like the friends aren’t interested in improving or introducing unobtrusive wooden mini-bridges over these areas. The plan to pave the area has apparently been abandoned. Please give me some info.


    Betsy Armstrong

    P.S. I helped get the train ties off the railroad right of way and am concerned about the quality of the woods and creek.

    • admin says:


      You had written earlier about your concern about mud on the trail. The short answer to your question is that adding sand or gravel to muddy trail areas would not be permitted. The pools of water you see on many sections of the trail are full of salamader eggs this time of year. On a hike last weekend in the Carolina Forest we saw them there. The areas where you see mud on the northen part of the trail you hike might be the area where our friends the beaver have partially slowed the stream flow and allowed water to sink into the soil, thus replenishing our groundwater supplies. Friends of Bolin Creek has no authority to make any structural changes to University land and private property. Pouring sand and gravel around muddy areas would violate state rules to protect the creek. There are minor erosion problems which do need to be addressed but most scouring in the creek is due to up-stream development. I will refer your comment to the Carolina Forester, Greg Kopsch, in case the area you are talking about is within the forest. Thanks for writing –Julie

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