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AAM is open to any individual, family, civic, business or church group. Participants must be at least 12 years old. Groups with members younger than 18 years old must be supervised by an adult. At least 1 adult is required for every 3 volunteers under the age of 18 years old.
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The group agrees to adopt a minimum of one mile of roadway. A one mile section includes both sides of the road. The group also agrees to hold a litter pick up event at least 4 times a year. It is recommended to have a cleanup once each season (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall).
We will provide the following items: litter bags, gloves and orange safety vests. A limited number of trash grabbers are available and are first come, first serve. The organization agrees to notify us of planned cleanup events at least one week in advance to ensure equipment availability.
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.
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 trainers.
Columbia County AAS follows the Georgia Adopt-a-Stream standards. For useful manuals, forms, education credit information and State Performance Standards information, visit the Georgia AAS website. If you are interested in more information, please contact 706-447-7727.