Adopt-A-Stream Volunteer Program
The Stormwater Utility'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.
To learn more information about joining the Adopt-A-Stream Program, please contact contact Mac Smith at 919-996-3940 or StormwaterUtilityHelpingU@raleighnc.gov
Active Volunteer Groups within Adopt-A-Stream
|Ajinomoto N. America, Inc.
||Lake Raleigh Consortium|
|AMEC Earth and Environmental||Life Technologies|
|Amy & Bryan Dick
||Longview Park Community Watch
|Appalachian State University-Triangle Chapter
||McKim & Creed|
|Black & Veatch International Co.||Mordecai CAC|
|Blue Phoenix of North Carolina||NC AWWA WEA Students & Young Professionals|
|Boy Scout Troop 214||NC Wildlife Federation Capital Chapter|
|Boy Scout Troop 352||NCSU Student Fisheries Society|
|Boy Scout Troop 357||North Raleigh Presbyterian Church|
|Brentwood Exchange Club||Pace Analytical Services, Inc.
|Brown and Caldwell||Partners for Environmental Justice|
|Calyn & Jack Disbrow||Plexus Engineering Solutions|
|Campbell University Environmental Law Assoc.||Raleigh Rotoract|
|CDM||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.|
|Deering Drive Brain Trust||St. Michael's Environmental Committee|
|Dewberry and Davis, Inc.||Stantec Consulting|
|Eastern Research Group, Inc.||The Fishermen|
|Enloe High School NHS||Triangle Korean Club|
|ERM NC PC||Veterinary Student Public Health Corps|
|Froehling & Robertson, Inc.||Wake County Audubon Society|
|Gardner Stream Team||Walnut Creek Elementary School
|Greenhorne & O'Mara||WVJR Extream Team|
|Hazen and Sawyer, P.C.||York Elementary Creek Keepers|
Contact Stormwater Utility at 919-996-3940 or email