The SC Adopt-a-Stream Program

SC Adopt-a-Stream workshops are offered in in-person and hybrid options, as available. The safety of our volunteers in the field and at trainings are a top priority of SC AAS.

Welcome to South Carolina Adopt-a-Stream, a new program with growing enthusiasm and membership for the protection of South Carolina's waterways!

South Carolina Adopt-a-Stream (SC AAS) creates a network of watershed stewardship, engagement, and education through involvement. SC AAS volunteers can play an important role in monitoring and tracking water quality while sharing information about local water resources with their communities. In providing baseline information about stream conditions, volunteers, local communities, educators, and local government agencies can partner to protect and restore our waters. 

You do not need to be an environmentalist, fisherman, or scholar to join this effort. All are welcome to find more information, seek training, and add to the knowledgebase of river health in South Carolina!

SC AAS data are collected by trained citizen scientist water quality monitoring volunteers. It is baseline, screening data for educational purposes, and is not used in any regulatory procedures.


Check out SC Adopt-a-Stream Annual Report! This year's annual report will discuss practices and procedures as 'before COVID-19' and 'after COVID-19.' This period has been a test of the relevancy of this program to our stakeholders and the meaningfulness of the data being collected. Here are the results!

new super soft second edition SC AAS tees. adopt a stream water monitoring volunteer

The 2 nd Edition SC AAS t-shirt is now available for purchase!  This new tee ties in the full program from the mountains to the coast and recognizes you as a Water Quality Monitoring Volunteer. Perfect for wearing out in the field! Please check our  Marketplace store  for this item, as well as a branded cooler backpack and handbooks.

SC Adopt-a-Stream Interested in Expanding Trainer Team! If you would like to join the team of certified SC AAS Trainers in the state and have the qualifications to teach river monitoring, we would like to speak with you further! Please complete the simple form here to tell us more about yourself and your experiences. Thank you!

SC Adopt-a-Stream is operating under an approved QAPP!