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Learn How You Can Help Improve the Quality of Georgia’s Waterways

April 4, 2017

Are you ever looking for volunteer opportunities? Are you interested in learning more about Georgia’s waterways? What about how you can help improve Georgia’s water quality? Or, maybe you’re a K-12 teacher and want to teach your students about the impact of pollution on our drinking water.

If any of these apply to you, you may want to look into 3 programs run by Georgia’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPD) — Project WetRivers Alive, and Georgia Adopt-A-Stream. Although each program has a different focus, their mission is generally the same. These EPD Reach programs work to create awareness and education around the preservation of Georgia’s waterways.

Project Wet

Thanks to Project WET, K-12 teachers around the state have access to water education and are able to share their knowledge with their students. Project WET runs educator workshops and provides a curriculum for teachers to use, including books and online resources. K-12 educators can even have their students participate in the annual River of Words art and poetry contest.

You can learn more about Project WET and the resources they give educators on their new website.

Rivers Alive

The mission of Rivers Alive is to create awareness around water preservation and inform citizens how they can help. The Rivers Alive program runs an annual event for volunteers to help cleanup streams, rivers, lakes, beaches, and wetlands around the state. Because of Georgia’s vast water sources — over 70,150 miles — preserving our fresh drinking water and maintaining healthy waterways involves effort from everyone. Rivers Alive’s annual event brings volunteers together from all walks of life, in order to provide a better environment for our communities and our future.

Volunteers are always needed to help with:

  • Planning committees
  • Locating waterways in need of cleanups
  • Recruiting volunteers and sponsors
  • Assisting with events
  • Picking up trash
  • Recording data

If you’d like to clean up waterways in your area, you can volunteer through your local organizer. If you can’t find a cleanup near you, you could organize your own.

Short on time? Rivers Alive always welcome new sponsors. Their sponsorship program gives you the information you need to become a state-level or local cleanup event sponsor. Watch their video to understand the impact you can have on Georgia’s waterways.

Adopt-A-Stream

The Georgia Adopt-A-Stream Program brings awareness to the quality of water and how to observe and maintain better water quality throughout the state. There are several ways you can get involved with monitoring and improving water sources in your community.

Through Adopt-A-Stream, you can “adopt” a local stream, waterway, or lake in your area and assist in monitoring its water quality. It might seem intimidating at first, but Adopt-A-Stream experts will make sure you’re ready with training manuals and a monitoring workshop in your area. Once you start in the program, feel free to call Adopt-A-Stream anytime for guidance and advice.

New Sites

If any of these programs sparked your interest, check out their new websites to learn how to get involved! All 3 sites — Project WET, Rivers Alive, and Adopt-A-Stream — have been built to better serve you. GeorgiaGov Interactive worked closely with the EPD Reach teams to design sites that are user-friendly and responsive for their mobile users. The content is sorted intuitively and displays appropriately on any device.

The GeorgiaGov Interactive team is excited to add the EPD Reach programs to their platform. Visit any of their 3 sites, or check out Georgia’s EPD site, for more ways on how you can have a positive impact on the environment.

About the Author

Chelsea Stephens is a Content Specialist for Georgia.gov. A Georgia native herself, Chelsea ensures the content on Georgia.gov provides accurate information to all constituents of Georgia. She graduated with a degree in Marketing and has a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.