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Beaver Queen Pageant kicks off with Saturday dance at Casbah

The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association will hold its annual Beaver Queen Pageant kickoff party this Saturday at the Casbah Durham, 1007 W. Main St.

The benefit dance party for the association will feature two bands – Radar’s Clowns of Sedation and the Bulltown Strutters. This year’s Beaver Queen Pageant contestants will also make their debut at the event. The fundraiser runs from 7 pm to midnight, with a suggested $20 donation at the door.

The Beaver Queen Pageant will be held on Saturday June 1 at 4 pm in Duke Park (and bring your hat or umbrella, cause it's always hot).

The pageant was started by Duke Park neighbors in response to plans to destroy some local beaver dams, and it has grown into a much-anticipated event with more than 500 people last year. "The purpose of the spectacle is to raise awareness of our community's waterways, and pockets of nature, and to raise money to help protect and restore these precious resources for all to enjoy," says community coordinator Katherine Meehan. . The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association is grateful for the support it has received from the Pageant over the years."

The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association was founded in 1999 with six acres of land, and since then has acquired nearly 340-acres, including six nature preserves that are managed for water quality and native habitat restoration. Four of these preserves, Glennstone, Pearl Mill, the 17-Acre Wood, and Beaver Marsh, have nature trails and walking paths that are open to the public.

Raleigh takes issue with Falls rules draft, Durham 'assertions'

Raleigh authorities are not pleased with a preliminary draft of the Falls Lake cleanup regulations, and point toward Durham as a primary polluter.

In a memo presented to the Raleigh City Council today (link to full memo is below), Associate City Attorney Dan McLawhorn, stormwater manager Danny Bowden, assistant utilities director Kenneth R. Waldroup and Environmental Coordinator Ed Buchan show evidence that the lake's water quality is steadily deteriorating.

"This decline in water quality is clearly tied to increased urbanization of the upper watershed," their memo states. The upper watershed is primarily in Durham County, and the lake's upper section shows the highest levels of pollution.

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