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South Carolina Adopt-a-Stream

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SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
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Presented By CU Center for Watershed Excellence and SC Department of Health and Environmental Control
Goal Protect waterways through volunteer monitoring
Task Collect stream and habitat data and enter into shared database.
Where South Carolina, USA

The SC Adopt-a-Stream program seeks to protect SC's waterways through citizen volunteer stream water quality and habitat monitoring. A secure and mobile-friendly database houses collected data and shares information with resource managers (local authorities and state departments). These authorities can use citizen science results to make decisions to better manage waterways or address issues such as sewer spills, illegal dumping, stream restoration and more. The program is certified by US EPA and SC DHEC, and training events are held across the state to train volunteers in consistent, quality data collection. Trainings are free, and all volunteers must re-certify annually. Trainings are appropriate for middle school and older. All materials can be viewed at our website, including the monitoring handbook.

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Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per month
Average Time An hour or so
Spend the Time outdoors
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Class Materials
Tags bacteria, chemical, coast, coastal, habitat, lake, macroinvertebrate, monitoring, river, stream, water quality
Project Updated 12/04/2018