Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Water Quality Monitoring Program

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

Several groups in upstate South Carolina have started using the program, and representatives from the upstate conducted a training session for bacterial and chemical assessment on June 7 and for biological assessment on June 10. This training was arranged by the Richland Countywide Stormwater Consortium and the Richland County Stormwater Management Division. The Gills Creek Watershed Association had several participants in the training. The folks who successfully completed the volunteer training (There was a test!), are now certified to conduct water quality testing at a site they select which has been approved by the program.

Additional local training sessions may be scheduled as demand warrants, or interested folks can check the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream web site for training session dates.

South Carolina water quality groups have chosen to join the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream program since the program has an established methodology for training, and sophisticated technology for online data reporting and analysis.

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 Georgia 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.

Adopt-A-Stream Training Sessions

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

Biological Training

Monday, December 19th 9am—3pm
Earlewood Park Community Center 1113 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29201
More info...

Chemical and Bacterial Training

Tuesday, December 20th 9am—3pm
Earlewood Park Community Center 1113 Parkside Drive, Columbia, SC 29201
More info...

Contact Karen Jackson at karen7@clemson.edu 803.865.1216 x 116 or Chenille Williams at williamsc3@rcgov.us 803.576.2491 for questions or to RSVP. Please RSVP by December 12th.
If you are want more information about the Georgia 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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