Adopt-A-Stream Volunteer Program

Last updated Feb. 11, 2019 - 2:21 pm
Trash and debris gathered together after a volunteer group's stream clean-up.

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.

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.

Sign up to be a Volunteer

Volunteers can now sign up online for the Stream Monitoring Program, Adopt-a-Stream Program, and Storm Drain Marking Program.

Register Today!

Active Volunteer Groups

View this interactive map to see which streams are:

  • Available for adoption;
  • Recommended by staff for adoption; and,
  • Already adopted.


Contact us at 919-996-3940 or

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