Looking for a way to make a difference in water quality in your community?
The education partners of the Sumter Stormwater Consortium have a wide range of opportunities for you to help our local waterways. Check out the current needs for volunteers listed on this page, or contact Jolie Brown (803-773-5561 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for other ideas.
Storm Drain Marking
Sumter Stormwater Solutions is beginning a volunteer initiative to mark all the stormdrains in communities in the City of Sumter and Sumter County. Storm drains flow to waterways without treatment, so it is very important to warn people not to dump oil, trash, leaves, household chemicals or anything else down a storm drain. Your group can help, by marking the storm drains in your neighborhood! The markers are installed with an easy-to-use adhesive, and younger volunteers can assist by distributing doorhangers to houses in the neighborhood. Contact Jolie Brown for more information.
SSS is starting a new volunteer monitoring program! We are looking for groups to select a stream or lake in their area and test it one or more times a year for pollution problems. Monitoring involves simple chemical and biological tests, such as pH, dissolved oxygen, and invertebrate sampling. Training and materials will be provided. This is a great service project for Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, church groups, youth clubs, science clubs, and adult groups, too! Contact Mary Caflisch for more information.
Or if you live near Lake Marion (or a stream flowing into Lake Marion) contact the Santee Riverkeeper Alliance about their new monitoring program!