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Did you know that certain bugs are actually good for a stream? The presence of certian macroinvertabrae are a sign of a healthy stream. Our Adopt A Stream program is a great way to learn about our watershed and protect our area streams.  As a Creek Walker, you will be trained on how to monitor stream sites and perform tests on the current stream conditions.  If you are interested in volunteering or would like to learn more about becoming an AAS trainer, the opportunity awaits you.

AAS1   The goals of Adopt-a-Stream are:
  • To increase public awareness about water quality & nonpoint source pollution.
  • To give citizens the tools & training to protect their watershed.
  • To encourage partnerships between citizens & local government.
  • To collect quality baseline water quality data.


What is Adopt-a-Stream? 
AAS is a hands on, do-it-yourself program aimed at advancing citizen stewardship and understanding of our precious streams.  Public outreach, education and citizen involvement are also promoted through the AAS program.

There is a level of commitment involved with AAS and you will get your hands a little dirty and your feet a little wet, but this is all part of the fun about truly learning about nature.  In this program, you will learn how to properly identify macroinvertebrates and explore their habitats, perform visual stream monitoring and conduct water quality testing.  You will see firsthand how your involvement improves a stream's quality and appearance. 


The Stonefly larva/nymph(top), 
Dobsonfly larva (bottom)  are just a few of the many
macroinvertabrate residents
found in our streams.


Who can participate?
Anyone who is concerned about water quality!  We are currently looking for volunteers from
student organizations, youth and church groups, scout troops, civic organizations, local business and industry.  The preferred age of volunteers is 12 years of age however adult supervision is required for any volunteer under the age of 18.


To become a certified volunteer and/or trainer, participants must first complete a series of workshops offered by our award winning Adopt A Stream trainer, Mike Reardon.  Mike became certified AAS trainers in October, 2008 and he along with his wife Robin maintain a site on Euchee Creek. 

Columbia County AAS follows the Georgia Adopt-a-Stream standards.  For useful manuals, forms, education credit information and State Performance Standards information, click
here to access the Georgia AAS website.  If you are interested in more information, please contact Jenny Hinson at (706) 312-7195 or by email.   

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