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SC Adopt-a-Stream

Program Successes

South Carolina Adopt-A-Stream Program celebrates five years of helping keep state’s waterways clean

Join the team of SC Adopt-A-Stream trainers and volunteers as they celebrate their program's 5th Anniversary and communicate their success.

Trainer Sharon and a group of people standing around a table looking for macroinvertebrates in sample tubs.

2021 Annual Report

Each year, we compile data about who is attending workshops, who is monitoring and where, how much time volunteers are contributing to water quality monitoring, how volunteer monitoring has led to watershed action, and much more. This information helps us understand how the program is growing and changing and evaluate areas for continued outreach and development. 2021 marked SC Adopt-a-Stream’s fourth full year as a statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program. We’re excited to share some of the year’s successes and stories with volunteers actively sampling from the mountains to the coast!​

View the 2021 Report

2021 Success Spotlights

A dissolved oxygen testing kit and thermometer with a marsh view in the background.

Tidal Saltwater Monitoring Program Launch

After receiving an EPA Award to develop the Tidal Saltwater Monitoring protocol in 2019, we officially certified our first Saltwater Trainers and launched the program along the coast in 2021. The program is actively growing with volunteers becoming certified, adopting sites, and contributing data!

A shaded stream with a rocky shoreline.

Volunteer Monitoring Identifies Water Line Break

Volunteer Trish, with Gills Creek Watershed Association, noticed bacteria results for her site dropped to zero, in unusual contrast to normal conditions. The water also had a chlorine smell. With help of SC AAS staff, they discovered a ruptured drinking water line upstream. The City of Columbia repaired the line, and the stream and aquatic habitat are recovering!

Three representatives with Clemson Stream Team smiling and holding their plaque for the Lake Hartwell Champions for Citizen Science Award.

Volunteers Receive Local Recognition

The Clemson Stream Team were awarded the Champions of Citizen Science for Lake Hartwell Award by the Anderson Area Chamber of Commerce, and two student monitors were awarded Outstanding Youth Awards by the Richland Soil & Water Conservation District!

The North Saluda River with heavy sediment with cloudy brownish-green water due to high sedimentation.

Volunteer Alert Leads to BMP Implementation

Volunteer and Trainer Gerardo noticed excessive sediment appearing in the North Saluda River and sent photos to SC AAS staff. A DHEC regional officer then contacted an upstream agricultural landowner, who was grateful for the notification and installed silt fencing to reduce sedimentation!

Volunteer Motivation Survey

Current and former SC Adopt-a-Stream volunteers are asked to participate in our annual Volunteer Motivation Survey. The information we collect teaches us more about what drives volunteers to join and stay in the program, and it enables us to better manage the program to suit our volunteers' interests and stewardship objectives.

View Survey Results
A group of people standing next to the Reedy River looking at a Bandalong Litter Trap while a representative from ReWa explains how it works.
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