Ogeechee Riverkeeper is a community coordinator for the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream program.
Citizens can help the riverkeeper assess stream and water quality throughout the basin.
- Look around your neighborhood and find a stream, wetland or lake that you would like to learn about and that is easy, safe and legal to access.
- Download a copy of Getting To Know Your Watershed. Chapter 1 includes basic background on watersheds, the water cycle and effects of development. Chapter 2 provides background on nonpoint source pollution and some of the laws that are used to protect water quality. In Chapter 4, Getting Started, follow the directions to register your stream, wetland or lake.
- Sign up to attend an Adopt-A-Stream training.
Ogeechee Riverkeeper hosts training workshops throughout the basin. Once enough volunteers have signed up for a particular county, a workshop will be scheduled.
Becoming a part of Adopt-A-Stream is the beginning of a life-long learning experience. Biology, chemistry, geology, land use, policy, education and community spirit all have an influence on your stream, wetland or lake. So start slowly, ask a lot of questions, tell your neighbors what you are learning and enjoy.