Explainer: Raincatchers

Water continually cycles from land, to ocean, and atmosphere via transportation, evaporation, condensation, precipitation, percolation and runoff. Because water picks up and carries pollutants wherever they are, City of Durham water quality engineer, Maverick Raber, is asking 109 homeowners to do their part to clean up the rainfall that falls on their land.



The lionfish is an invasive species that threatens the state's commercial fishing industry because they eat the foods that grouper and snapper eat, along with juvenile grouper and snapper. Lionfish have no known predators and have a rapid reproduction rate, which is why they are taking over the reef ecosystem.

Rain Catchers

Stormwater runoff is a major source of pollution in our streams and lakes. Those lakes are also a source of drinking water. State law requires cities and towns to cleanup the runoff, because it doesn't get treated in sewage plants - it goes right in the lakes and rivers. Durham is launching an innovative 5 year program called 'Raincatchers' in hopes of slowing down, reducing, and naturally cleaning up stormwater.