The SC Adopt-a-Stream Program

Information about SC Adopt-a-Stream workshops during COVID-19 Pandemic can be seen here.

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.


Congratulations SC AAS on national award! The South Carolina Adopt-a-Stream Volunteer Freshwater Monitoring Handbook won a Silver Award for long publication with the Association of Natural Resource Extension Professionals (ANREP)! View and download the handbook here [here is hyperlinked to handbook pdf, if possible]. Check out our Resources & Materials page to see other SC AAS documents like data sheets, our Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP), and more!

t shirt imageT-shirts are now available for purchase! We now have our very own SC AAS t-shirts so that you can represent while sampling! 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!