Save Our Streams (SOS)
We study the quality of water in our local streams, rivers and lakes to determine if there might be a hazard (chemicals, bacteria, sediment, etc.) that may affect the people and animals that rely on those bodies of water for everyday life.
SOS is a nationwide program that supports watershed education through outreach programs. Over the past 30 years, SOS has educated and motivated people to clean up our neighborhood streams, monitor stream health, and protect the local wetlands. This unique opportunity is available for students, scouts, and families to become trained to monitor their local streams and rivers. You could end up developing a monitoring network in your own community. For more information, please visit the Virginia Save Our Streams website
The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR)
has created an Adopt-a-Stream program. This program is a voluntary, do-it-yourself program where your group agrees to at least one, preferably two, cleanups per year for at least two years. The minimum length of shoreline a group can adopt is a quarter mile. An average of two participants may cover a mile of lightly littered shoreline in an hour or two. Many groups opt for two cleanups a year, one in the spring and another in the fall. DCR helps by providing trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and instructional and promotional documents. DCR also gives each group custom signage featuring the adopted waterway and organization. For more information, please visit the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation website
Storm Drain Stenciling
Another way to serve your community is by making fellow citizens aware of stormwater runoff pollution by stenciling storm drains. Many people mistakenly believe stormwater runoff is treated before emptying into nearby waterways. These painted messages remind residents of the link between streets and a waterway's health. It's a community effort with lasting effects. For more information, please download this informational handout