Adopt-A-Stream Volunteer Program

Last updated Apr. 24, 2018 - 12:17 pm
  • Adopt-A-Stream signs are posted to recognize volunteer groups.
  • 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.


To learn more about joining the Adopt-A-Stream Program, please contact the Stormwater Volunteer Coordinator at 919-996-3940 or by email at

Active Volunteer Groups within Adopt-A-Stream

AecomNRCC Teen Group
AMEC Foster Wheeler
Parsons Brinckerhoff
Arcana Partners for Environmental Justice
ASCE Eastern NC Younger Members Group
Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity
Black & Veatch Water Division
Plexus Engineering Solutions
Blue Phoenix of North CarolinaRaleigh Aquarium Society
Boylan Heights Association Ravens in Action (Ravenscroft School)
Boy Scout Troop 214 RK & K
Brentwood Exchange ClubRotary Club of Raleigh
CDM Smith S.A.F.E.
CH2M Hill Shaina BBG
Crosswinds Homeowners Association
SHS Environmental Awareness Club
Eastern Research Group, Inc. Solutions IES
Environmental Services Group, Inc.
Stantec Consulting
Follow the Child Montessori School
Stewart Engineering
Gardner Stream TeamThe Allen Family
Hazen and Sawyer, P.C. The Loza Family
HDR Engineering The Overcash Family
Integrated Communications
The Sewell Family
Jammin J's The Veasey Family
Mike Young Real Estate Triangle Rainbow Bowling
Mordecai CACUniversity of Michigan Alumni Association
of the Triangle Area
NC AWWA WEA Students & Young
Wake Early College of Health & Science
NCSU BAE Stormwater Group Walnut Creek Elementary School
NCSU Environmental Sciences Academic ProgramWindsor Forest Neighbors
NCSU Libraries York CreekKeepers
NCSU Student Fisheries Society


Contact the Stormwater Volunteer Coordinator or the Stormwater Management Division at 919-996-3940.

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