Georgia Adopt-A-Stream (AAS) is a unique effort to involve the public and local communities in water quality assessment and protection. The program increases public awareness of local water resources and builds partnerships to protect our most precious resource-water. The primary goals of the program are to:
- increase public awareness of the state's nonpoint source pollution and water quality issues
Since the fall of 1996, GWF has participated in AAS by monitoring creeks and streams in Newton and Gwinnett counties. GWF staff also provides training opportunities so volunteer can begin monitoring projects in their own communities.
Upcoming Trainings - Pre-registration Required
The following Georgia Adopt-A-Stream workshops will be hosted by Georgia Wildlife Federation in Covington. They are sponsored by the City of Covington
and led by Yellow River Water Trail
. For more information on this workshop contact Tamela Mills at firstname.lastname@example.org
. Space is limited, so please sign up early. Let us know if you want chemical, bacterial or both trainings.
Friday, Mar 25—Chemical & Bacterial, 9am-4:30pm
This Georgia Adopt-A-Stream water quality monitoring workshop (9am-4:30pm) hosted by Yellow River Water Trail will be held at Georgia Wildlife Federation, 11600 Hazelbrand Rd NE Covington GA 30014, with an introduction to Georgia Adopt-a-Stream, a short break, then a Bacterial Monitoring Workshop, lunch at 1pm, and Chemical Monitoring Workshop around 1:30pm.
This program is suitable for anyone (ages 10-13 accompanied by a parent) interested in volunteering monthly to care for our community's water quality. Scout troops and classes, please contact us to set a program that meets your needs and schedule.
In the morning, the Bacterial Monitoring Workshop will teach volunteers how to monitor E. coli levels in your adopted waterway. E. coli is an indicator organism that is often used to asses the water quality.
In the afternoon, the Chemical Monitoring Workshop will teach volunteers about basic stream water chemistry and how to conduct the chemical tests using hand-held field equipment.
Please come dressed appropriately for water sampling from a nearby creek. We will proceed rain or shine. Bring a lunch if you plan to attend both workshops. We ask that participants bring $5 to help cover our supplies costs.
Friday, Apr 29— Biological (Macro-invertebrates), 9am-3pm
This Georgia Adopt-A-Stream water quality monitoring workshop (9am-2:30pm) hosted by Yellow River Water Trail will be held at Georgia Wildlife Federation, 11600 Hazelbrand Rd NE Covington GA 30014.
This program is suitable for anyone (adults and youth (ages 10-13 accompanied by a parent) interested in volunteering to care for our community's water quality. Scout troops and classes, please contact us to set a program that meets your needs and schedule.
The Macroinvertebrate (Biological) Monitoring Workshop will train volunteers to identify macro invertebrates and collect a sample from a stream. The in-class ID will typically include identifying a collection of specimens, learning about stream habitats and how these organisms relate to water quality. The workshop will conclude with demonstrating these skills in the field and a quiz. Volunteers are encouraged to adopt a stream site and monitor for macroinvertebrates quarterly.
Please come dressed appropriately for water sampling from a nearby creek. (Rubber boots, insect repellent, etc.) We will proceed rain or shine. You are encouraged to bring a lunch. We also ask that participants bring $5 to help cover our supplies costs.