pollution affects us all. Although there are no easy remedies,
correcting water pollution depends on a future generation
of informed, concerned citizens. We invite concerned people
like you to take an active role in assuring the well-being
of your communities' water resources.
Adopt-A-Stream is an educational
volunteer water quality-monitoring program designed to help
you, young people, and help our local waterway. Groups supported
by Henry County Stormwater agree to observe or evaluate their
adopted waterway and take action together to improve their
lake, stream, pond, or wetland.
By participating in the Adopt-A-Stream
program; you can help make a difference in our environment
by joining volunteers throughout Henry County who monitor
water quality in local waterways. The data you collect is
sometimes used to assess the overall condition of streams
and could be used to help determine watershed management initiatives.
The Henry County Stormwater Management
Department (HCSMD) will provide all the necessary training
and equipment you will need to become an Adopt-A-Stream Volunteer.
No prior experience is necessary. The monitoring equipment
is loaned and shared and contains everything needed to conduct
both biological and chemical monitoring.
volunteer monitoring combines the efforts of public and private
communities in hopes of improving and protecting the water
quality of Henry County. The program is open to everyone:
citizens, families, schools, scout groups, civic organizations,
churches, and business. The Adopt-A-Stream program goals are
to increase public awareness of local water resources, provide
volunteer training, collect quality data and build partnerships
to protect our most precious resource- WATER.
We train volunteers to assess natural conditions in streams
based on the presence and abundance of benthic
macro invertebrates (aquatic insects). Volunteers also
learn how to take chemical measurements. Training includes
indoor and field workshops and mentoring by experienced monitors.
can monitor at different levels of commitment. You may choose
to assist other monitors when it is convenient for your schedule.
On the other hand, you may select a stream location to adopt
and commit to monitoring it four times a year. We will make
the program work for you!
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer monitor, contact
the Henry County Adopt-A-Stream