Adopt-A-Stream is an exciting, citizen-lead effort to track water quality throughout the Grand Traverse Bay watershed.

Adopt-A-Stream is perfect for families, schools, neighborhood groups, employee clubs – just about anyone who cares about the deep link between our water quality and quality of life.

And all it takes is a couple hours twice a year!

Here’s How it Works

  • Work with The Watershed Center to find a stream sampling location.
  • Assemble a monitoring team.
  • Donate $50 per team to help cover equipment costs. Or find a Stream Sponsor!
  • Pledge to monitor your stream once during June and October.
  • Designate a team leader, who will receive training from the Watershed Center for sampling benthic macroinvertebrates. That’s fancy scientific terminology for “aquatic insects”, which can signify a stream’s health.

Here’s What You Get

  • Recognition in the Watershed Center web site and newsletter
  • Fun, hands-on, place-based education
  • Pride of ownership in our water quality

How To Get Started

  • Assemble a team yourself or join an open team!
  • Attend our New Volunteer Orientation and Training, which is held each spring and fall prior to sampling. No commitment necessary – come and learn about the program!
  • Email Heather at or call 935.1514 ext 3 to learn more.

Become an Adopt-A-Stream Sponsor!

Businesses, organizations, and individuals can become Adopt-A-Stream River or Stream Sponsors for an annual donation. Perks include:

  • Name and logo on Adopt-A-Stream t-shirts
  • Name and link on web site
  • Name and logo in Watershed Moments print newsletters at least once per year
  • Publicity in Watershed Moments e-newsletter
  • Publicity on Watershed Center Facebook page
  • Unique opportunity to showcase your company’s or organization’s commitment to and investment in local water quality

Interested in becoming an Adopt-A-Stream Sponsor? Find all the sponsorship details here!

Many Thanks to Our River Sponsors!

Thank You to Our Stream Sponsors!

  • Captain’s Quarters
  • The Donaldson Family
  • Elk-Skegemog Lakes Association
  • Hazelnut Kids
  • Rotary Camps & Services Water Committee

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