Adopt-A-Stream Basin Breakout

GA Adopt-A-Stream first ever Basin Breakout Session

AAS BB

Phinizy Center for Water Sciences was proud to host Georgia Adopt-A-Stream’s (AAS) first basin breakout session outside of their annual spring conference – Confluence. On July 21, twenty-two AAS volunteer enthusiasts came together at the Phinizy campus for networking, idea sharing and discussions about our own Savannah River Watershed. Many of the people in this group get together every year at the annual Confluence and in March, we decided that once a year was not enough. It was a great day for everyone!

So what is GA AAS? It is a citizen water quality monitoring and education program for all of Georgia’s waterways with five goals:

  • Increase public Awareness of Georgia’s nonpoint source pollution and water quality issues
  • Collect baseline water quality Data
  • Encourage volunteers to take Observations of their adopted site and surrounding environment
  • Encourage Partnerships between citizens and their local government
  • Provide citizens with the Tools and Training to evaluate and protect their local waterways

Because watersheds often cross state boundaries, GA AAS now accepts South Carolina, Alabama, and Florida certified volunteer’s data. The meeting on July 21 was near equally split between SC and GA residents and was represented by:

  • South Carolina DHEC
  • Upstate Forever (a SC group)
  • Carolina Clear (Clemson University)
  • Savannah Riverkeeper
  • Sierra Club – Savannah River group
  • Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society
  • Phinizy Center Education
  • And of course GA state AAS coordinators (GA EPD)

The results of the meeting were positive: Everyone agreed that we would like to get together on at least an annual basis outside of the annual Confluence to talk about individual monitoring efforts and overall health of the entire Savannah watershed. South Carolina folks were also looking to streamline future AAS training so they would not have to travel so far for certification. Interested in joining this group? Contact Ruth Mead, Senior Environmental Educator at the Phinizy Center ruth.mead@phinizycenter.org or visit georgiaadoptastream.org.