About Georgia Adopt-A-Stream
Georgia Adopt-A-Stream (AAS) is the state's volunteer water quality monitoring program. Since 1993, the program has engaged citizen scientists all across Georgia and beyond in water protection activities through a series of educational workshops, which train individuals on the physical, chemical and biological health of their waterways. AAS is one of the outreach and education programs of the Non-Point Source Program in the Watershed Protection Branch of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division. The program is funded by a Section 319(h) Grant (Clean Water Act).
Georgia Adopt-A-Stream has five program goals that we encourage you to ADOPT!
- Increase public Awareness of the State's non-point source pollution and water quality issues
- Collect quality baseline water quality Data
- Gather Observations
- Encourage Partnerships between citizens and their local government
- Provide citizens with the Tools and Training to evaluate and protect their local waterways
To accomplish these goals, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream encourages individuals and communities to monitor and/or improve sections of streams, wetlands, lakes or estuaries. Manuals, training, and technical support are provided through AAS staff and more than 70 established Adopt-A-Stream local coordinators.