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

  • Two team t-shirts or other featured swag item (changes annually)
  • Recognition in the Watershed Center web site and newsletter
  • Fun, hands-on, place-based education
  • Pride of ownership in our water quality

Find Your Stream and a Team!

  • Spring sampling period: any day during the first two weeks of June
  • Fall sampling period: any day during the first two weeks of October
  • Team leader training: immediately prior to sampling periods

To join the hands-on fun, please call 231.935.1514.

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
  • Complimentary tour of Grand Traverse Bay on the Bay Monitor tugboat

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!

  • The Donaldson Family
  • Rotary Camps & Services Water Committee
  • Elk-Skegemog Lakes Association
  • Captain’s Quarters
  • Grand Traverse Organic Landscapes
  • Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc.

Thank You to Our Stream Teams!

  • Acme Creek: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa
  • Baker Creek: The Coe Family
  • Bissell: The White Family
  • Brewery Creek: The Hetherington Family
  • Carpenter Creek: Boardman Fly Tiers
  • Cedar/Hines Creek: Simkins and Bonney
  • East Creek: Boardman Fly Tiers
  • Kids Creek Tributary A: Simkins and Bonney
  • Kids Creek Tributary AA: The Zikovich Family & Friends
  • Kids Creek Main Branch: The Lewandowski Family
  • Kids Creek Main Branch: Rotary Camps and Services – Water Studies Committee
  • Kids Creek Main Branch: The Scheub/Winkler Family
  • Leo Creek: Thornhill & Friends of Leo Creek Preserve
  • Miller Creek: Clark, Kroeger and Fromm
  • Mitchell Creek: VP Demand Creation Services
  • Northport Creek: The LaForest Family
  • Rapid River: The Claudepierre Family & Friends
  • Rapid River: The Fields Family
  • Rapid River: The Lawicki Family & Friends
  • South Branch Boardman River: The Donaldson Family
  • Water Wheel Park Creek:  Etienne and Wilson
  • Williamsburg Creek: The White Family

Adopt-A-Stream Data

View our 2018 Adopt A Stream Annual Report

Check out stream scores from sampling results and the location of sampled streams.


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