Some of our citizens who would like some adventure in 2008 will be able to participate in the Columbia County Adopt-a-Stream's Getting Started Workshop.
The next workshop will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at Reed Creek Park Interpretive Center. Those interested should contact me by phone at (706) 868-0296 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
No prior training or experience is necessary, but we are often pleased to discover hidden talents and experience that make our efforts easier.
I would like to take this opportunity to call attention - with thanks, pride, and confidence - to the many efforts of our volunteers this past year. Our goals: to increase public awareness, foster meaningful partnerships with our local stakeholders (county officials, developers, other business persons, and residents); acquire assessment skills and equipment; and collect critical water quality data.
On any given monthly visit a volunteer, as part of a team, will spend two to five hours making assessments visually, chemically, and biologically. Volunteers have ranged in age from 7 to 77.
With the close support of Columbia County water quality officials, we have been able to identify problems requiring their follow-up. We have also met citizens in a bacterially challenged area, with the hope of inspiring them to actions they could take. Recently, with our oversight, 16 citizens collected more than 220 pounds of trash near our streams.
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