Our Stream Watch programs

Our waterways are vital! They provide drinking water, water for agriculture and industry, recreation, and wildife habitat.
90% of our waterways are polluted.
Our waterways need monitoring - become a volunteer.

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Adopt a Stream

Stream Adoption at Delaware Nature Society (DNS) part of the Stream Watch

Get outside and enjoy nature with a purpose!

Who can adopt a stream?

Any concerned individuals, families, community organizations, businesses, youth groups, and school groups can volunteer.

What does a Stream Adopter do?

You will help monitor the health of a stream by surveying, learning about, and caring for that stream. You will measure:

  • Visual Survey:  Watch for signs of visible pollution including  litter, water discoloration, discharging pipe
  • Water Chemistry:  Measure chemical parameters including temperature, pH, nitrate, oxygen
  • Macroinvertebrates:  Survey the aquatic insects, worms, and crustaceans that indicate the health of the water.

Pick a program level that best fits your life

Volunteers choose Level 1 or Level 2 survey options. Level 1 Stream Adoption is suitable for those with limited time or working with elementary-aged children and requires only a few materials. Adults, or those working with older students, may prefer the more detailed Level 2 option.

Adopt a stream now or call 302.239.2334 x102

More ways to help: Make your yard wildlife friendly | Support our Clean Water Campaign | Become a Stream Watch Intern | Donate

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