Adopt-A-Stream Volunteer Program

Last updated May 29, 2014 - 2:25 pm
Boy scouts use a canoe to haul debris out of Crabtree Creek.
Boy scouts use a canoe to haul debris out of Crabtree Creek.
 
Exploris Middle School students team together on their adopted stream.
Exploris Middle School students team together on their adopted stream.
 
Trash and debris gathered together after a volunteer group's stream clean-up.
Trash and debris gathered together after a volunteer group's stream clean-up.
 
Adopt-A-Stream signs are posted to recognize volunteer groups.
Adopt-A-Stream signs are posted to recognize volunteer groups.
 

The Stormwater Management's Adopt-A-Stream Program is always looking for new volunteer groups to walk, clean, and protect streams in Raleigh.

Volunteer groups enjoy walking their streams at least twice a year, typically once in the spring and once in the fall. During these stream walks, if groups observe any signs of pollution, they are encouraged to report them immediately.

In addition to the stream walks, groups organize at least one stream clean-up each year.

Stream clean-ups involve physically removing trash and debris from the stream to a nearby location for collection and disposal by the City. The City recommends groups to organize their clean-up to coincide with North Carolina's "Big Sweep" in early October.

Trash bags, safety vests, and latex gloves are provided for Adopt-A-Stream volunteers. Signs are also erected to recognize volunteer groups that adopt at least one mile of stream within the City limits.

When volunteer groups perform their stream walks and clean-ups, each group is asked to complete and submit a Field Data Sheet and notify the City of any pollution sources found. The City will investigate reported pollution problems to ensure they are eliminated.

Once a segment of the stream reach is adopted, the City asks adopting groups to get permission from all neighboring property owners for stream walks and clean-ups before entering private property. Educational door hangers describing the Adopt-A-Stream Program and its benefits to the environment are available from the City to help notify property owners of the volunteer group's upcoming stream walks and stream clean-ups.

Joining

To learn more information about joining the Adopt-A-Stream Program, please contact contact Mac Smith at 919-996-3940 or StormwaterHelpingU@raleighnc.gov

Active Volunteer Groups within Adopt-A-Stream

AecomLongview Park Community Watch
Ajinomoto N. America, Inc.
McKim & Creed
AMEC Earth and Environmental Mordecai CAC
Amy & Bryan Dick
NC AWWA WEA Students & Young Professionals
Appalachian State University-Triangle Chapter
NC Wildlife Federation Capital Chapter
ASCE Eastern NC Younger Members GroupNCSU Student Fisheries Society
Black & Veatch International Co. North Raleigh Presbyterian Church
Blue Phoenix of North Carolina NCRR Youth Group
Boy Scout Troop 214 Overcash Family
Boy Scout Troop 352 Pace Analytical Services, Inc.
Boy Scout Troop 357 Parsons Brinkerhoff
Brentwood Exchange Club Partners for Environmental Justice
Brown and Caldwell Plexus Engineering Solutions
Calyn & Jack Disbrow Raleigh Rotoract
CDM Smith
Red Hot & Blue
CH2M Hill Rotary Club of Crabtree
Companion Animal Club Rotary Club of Raleigh
Courtyard Raleigh Crabtree Valley Hotel S.A.F.E.
Dewberry and Davis, Inc. Stantec Consulting
Eastern Research Group, Inc. The Fishermen
Enloe High School NHS The Todd & Sarah Allen Family
Gardner Stream Team Triangle Korean Club
Hazen and Sawyer, P.C. Veterinary Student Public Health Corps
HDR Engineering Wake County Audubon Society
Jammin J's Walnut Creek Elementary School
Lake Raleigh Consortium WVJR Extream Team
Life Technologies

Questions?

Contact Stormwater Management at 919-996-3940 or email

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