South Carolina Adopt-A-Stream Water Quality Monitoring Program

In March 2017 the SC Adopt-a-Stream program was established by a partnership between SC Department of Health and Environmental Control, Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and the Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence. The program is an outgrowth of the Georga Adopt-a-Stream program.

Adopt-A-Stream Training Sessions

Sign up to attend two days of training to be certified to conduct water quality testing using the South Carolina Adopt-A-Stream protocol.

Bacterial and Chemical Session

Saturday, March 3 9:30am-3:30pm
Richland County Extension Office – 900 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC 29229
Registration is required. Go to Eventbrite to register.
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Macroinvertebrate Session

Tuesday, March 10, 9am—3:30pm
Richland County Extension Office – 900 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC 29229
Registration is required. Go to Eventbrite to register.
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Contact Karen Jackson at 803.865.1216 x 116 or Chenille Williams at 803.576.2491 for questions or to RSVP. Please RSVP by December 12th.
The SC Adopt-A-Stream program is now up and running and provides training, information and sampling records on their website.

GCWA is participating in the South Caronlina Adopt-A-Stream (AAS) program. Several representatives attended training sessions to become certified.

The first sampling was conducted on Pen Branch at the Woodlake Drive bridge in November 2016 using kits provided by the City of Columbia. We are testing for dissolved oxygen, pH, water temperature, conductivity, macroinvertebrates, and bacteria (E. coli). The bacteria results for our Pen Branch monitoring came back very high, 1000cfu. DHEC standard for E. coli for a one time sample is 349cfu (colony forming units per 100mL of water). You can see the report at the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream web site.

The Smith Branch Watershed Alliance and Dent Middle School are also monitoring sites in the Columbia area.

See the SC Adopt-A-Stream database of sampling sites and reports. Contact Karen Jackson (Clemson Extension) at 803.865.1216 x116 or Chenille Williams (Richland County Stormwater Management) 803.576.2491 to get involved!

If you are in Georgia and want more information about the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream program, please visit the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream web site.
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