Watershed Ecology Center Starts Program to Encourage Citizens to Monitor Their Water

September 21, 2015 at 9:01 am

The Watershed Ecology Center at USC Upstate has started a new program to encourage more citizen stewardship of the waterways in Spartanburg County.

This program called “Adopt-a-Stream” is modeled after Georgia Adopt-a-Stream which has been in existence for 20 years.     In this program volunteers are trained to collect and analysis surface water and report their results on a regular basis.  The data is reported to Georgia’s Adopt-a Stream website and once entered is available to anyone to see.

Spartanburg County has over 1200 streams with about 100 named and many more that lack any official name.  Many of these streams supply water for our drinking reservoirs and recreation; yet we know very little about the water quality.   Adopt-a-Stream is an effort to get citizens to take an active role in monitoring the quality of their environment specifically their water resource.

Would you like to become a certified Adopt-A-Stream monitor?  Workshops will be available here, at USC Upstate in October and November.  Please contact the Center for more information, aas_wec@uscupstate.edu  Thank you!