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The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC), is partnering with the Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence (CU CWE), to implement the stream sampling design of Georgia Adopt-A-Stream (GAAAS) in South Carolina. Click here to read the MOU. 

It is with thanks and appreciation to the GAAAS program for their examples and leadership, as well as the original SC volunteer monitors and trainers that we are hosting this great effort to enhance watershed stewardship in SC. This is a program built for the volunteers and for the improved management and protection of our shared watersheds. 


SC AAS uses four protocols to monitor South Carolina's freshwater streams and rivers:

  1. Stream Habitat Assessment
  2. Physical/Chemical
  3. Bacteria
  4. Macroinvertebrate

Find more specific information on workshops here

Certification is gained for all but the Stream Habitat Assessment to ensure consistent data collection and expectation of quality data that can be used to inform future monitoring efforts, infrastructure repairs, restoration priorities, and more. To find a training event, please see Events. The current SC AAS Program focuses on monitoring freshwater streams only at this time, with plans to expand monitoring to other water resources.

The SC AAS program will operate in accordance with a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) written by SC DHEC and with approval from EPA Region 4. Link coming soon!