A few years ago, through the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project, we were challenged to present information on the quality of source waters within the county. With extremely little data avaliable, the Watershed Ecology Center began to look into citizen monitoring and initally brought Adopt-A-Stream to Spartanburg through the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream program. In the spring of 2017, South Carolina DHEC began an Adopt-A-Stream program for the state which the WEC now employs for our Spartanburg County residents! Through workshops citizens (must be at least 13 years of age) are certified by SCDHEC in three core components of water monitoring, Chemical/Physical, Bacterial and Macro Invertebrate. These workshops follow a QAAP approved by the EPA and while it is designed to be passed, there are exams in each component to assure that all volunteeers follow the same proceedures when collecting data.
Adopt-a-Stream helps increase public awareness and participation in the monitoring of Upstate streams. This volunteer stream monitoring is beneficial to the community at large because it allows for screening of smaller local creeks, all of which are part of the larger watershed responsible for providing water for the county’s drinking supply, fishing, boating, swimming and, in some cases, irrigation of crops. The data collected is invaluable in determining which streams may need a helping hand.
For more information about this program, certification training workshops or re-certification programs, email the Watershed Ecology Center or call 864-503-5728.
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