South Carolina Adopt-A-Stream Water Quality Monitoring Program

In March 2017 the SC Adopt-a-Stream program was established by a partnership between SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and the Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence. The program is an outgrowth of the Georgia Adapt-A-Stream program which SC volunteer monitors were using to monitor local waterways in the upstate. More info...

Adopt-A-Stream Training Sessions

Sign up to attend two days of training to be certified to conduct water quality testing using the South Carolina Adopt-A-Stream protocol.

Bacterial and Chemical Session

Monday, June 5, 9am–3:30pm
Camp Discovery – 208 Claude Bundrick Rd, Blythewood, SC
RSVP is required. Go to Eventbrite to register.
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Macroinvertebrate Session

Tuesday, June 6, 9am—3:30pm
Camp Discovery – 208 Claude Bundrick Rd, Blythewood, SC
RSVP is required. Go to Eventbrite to register.
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Contact Karen Jackson at 803.865.1216 x 116 or Chenille Williams at 803.576.2491 for questions or to RSVP. Please RSVP by December 12th.
The SC Adopt-A-Stream web site is a work in progress and does not yet provide the database to report monitoring results. For now, volunteers are still using the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream site which also has previous SC monitoring data.

The Georgia Adopt-A-Stream (AAS) is housed in the NonPoint Source Program in the Water Protection Branch of the Georgia Environmental Protection Division.

Interested folks can check the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream web site for other training session dates.

Georgia Adopt-A-Stream has five program goals volunteers are encouraged to ADOPT!
  • Increase public Awareness of the State's nonpoint 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
GCWA is participating in the South Caronlina Adopt-A-Stream (AAS) program. Several representatives attended training sessions to become certified.

The first sampling was conducted on Pen Branch at the Woodlake Drive bridge in November 2016 using kits provided by the City of Columbia. We are testing for dissolved oxygen, pH, water temperature, conductivity, macroinvertebrates, and bacteria (E. coli). The bacteria results for our Pen Branch monitoring came back very high, 1000cfu. DHEC standard for E. coli for a one time sample is 349cfu (colony forming units per 100mL of water). You can see the report at the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream web site.

The Smith Branch Watershed Alliance and Dent Middle School are also monitoring sites in the Columbia area.

If you are want more information about the South Carolina Adopt-A-Stream program, please visit the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream web site or contact Karen Jackson (Clemson Extension) at 803.865.1216 x116 or Chenille Williams (Richland County Stormwater Management ) 803.576.2491.
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