Gainesville Wins Adopt a Stream Award


On March 22, 2014, volunteers and local government agencies from across the state were honored for their efforts to improve Georgia’s waterways at Confluence, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream’s annual conference. The conference was held from 8 AM to 5:30 PM at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford, Georgia, and award winners were recognized at the awards ceremony. As the statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program, Georgia Adopt-A-Stream is dependent on forming strong partnerships with local volunteers to help fulfill its goals. Each of the 2013 winners demonstrated efforts that exemplified these goals, including promoting an awareness of nonpoint source pollution, collecting baseline water quality data and creating partnerships.

We rely heavily on our more than fifty local Adopt-A-Stream Programs. In 2013, there were over 340 workshops led with over 3700 QA/QC certifications awarded. To show our appreciation, we present ‘Watershed Awards’ annually to our most outstanding local programs. Our 2013 Watershed Awards will be given to the City of Gainesville Adopt-a-Stream Program and the Cobb County Watershed Stewardship Program. These programs have excelled in meeting the five goals of Georgia Adopt-A-Stream.

In the calendar year of 2013, the City of Gainesville’s Adopt-A-Stream Program gave over 220 presentations in five counties reaching people of all ages through schools, fairs, festivals, career days, and public forums. With five staff members, three of which are Adopt-A-Stream trainer certified, and the help of their volunteers, the program has held 26 chemical, bacterial and macroinvertebrate monitoring workshops certifying over 450 volunteers in 2013. Over the past decade, Gainesville AAS has held annual stream clean-ups as part of the Rivers Alive program. This year, 168 volunteers removed approximately 3,000 pounds of litter from Flat Creek. Other water education and outreach events provided by Gainesville’s AAS program in 2013 included rain barrel workshops and a rain barrel decorating contest, and continuing restoration of Flat Creek. Over 180 students from six schools participated in the rain barrel decoration contest in 2013, decorating 34 barrels. The barrels were displayed throughout the community for a month and even placed in a parade to spread awareness for water conservation.

About Georgia Adopt-A-Stream

Adopt-A-Stream encourages individuals and communities to monitor and improve sections of streams, wetlands, lakes or estuaries. The goals of Adopt-A-Stream are to increase public awareness of the State’s nonpoint source pollution and water quality issues, provide citizens with the tools and training to evaluate and protect their local waterways, encourage partnership between citizens and their local government, and collect quality baseline water quality data. To obtain more information or to participate in Adopt-A-Stream or Confluence, call the Environmental Protection Division’s Adopt-A-Stream State Coordinators at 404-463-1464 or visit our website: www.GeorgiaAdoptAStream.org.