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Now is the perfect time to get involved with protecting our freshwater resources with volunteer events, free training and education classes and family-friendly activities throughout the year!

Adopt-A-Stream is a volunteer-based initiative that empowers community members to protect local streams and rivers by monitoring water quality. Volunteers are trained, teamed-up, assigned sites, given equipment and data sheets then sent out into the field to gather information on streamside habitats, physical characteristics and aquatic insect populations.

2021 Adopt-a-stream data


Total Volunteers






Stonefly Volunteers



You don’t have to be a scientist to make big improvements in our environment! Everyday people getting involved in water quality monitoring has resulted in positive changes across the nation, the state and right here in the Clinton River Watershed. The water quality data collected by the CRWC volunteers has been utilized to identify and resolve soil erosion problems and to help select and fund specific locations for brook trout and coldwater stream restoration projects.


A stream’s health can be determined by the number and types of bugs and aquatic insects that live in it. In May and October, the Adopt-A-Stream volunteers perform “Bug ID’s” and gather other valuable data that is then utilized to assess the water quality and support important decision-making regarding waterway protection and restoration.


Determine Your Role – Decide if you want to be a Team Coordinator or a Team Participant. Also, decide if you want to become “Bug ID Certified.”

Optional Bug ID Certification – If interested in becoming a certified Bug Identifier, you must attend and pass the Bug ID Course offered by the CRWC biannually.

Stream Site & Team Assignment – After training is completed, the CRWC will coordinate a site selection. Teams of 3-5 individuals are recommended. Youth (under 18 years of age) are welcome to participate, but an adult Team Coordinator must ensure that protocols are followed correctly.

Monitoring & Team Coordination – You will be contacted by your Team Leader prior to the monitoring weekend. If you are a Team Leader, it is your job to coordinate the kit pick-up from the CRWC office and organize your team for the monitoring weekend.

Have Fun! – Stream monitoring takes place the first Saturday in May and October. Depending on the number of team members present, the entire process lasts approximately 3 hours. The CRWC will send reminders to Team Leaders to help prepare for the upcoming monitoring season. Team Leaders will contact their team members to schedule their monitoring days and times.



March 28, 2023 // 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Warren Public Library
1 City Square, Warren, MI 48093

April 18, 2023 // 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Orion Township Public Library
825 Joslyn Rd, Lake Orion, MI 48362

April 11, 2023 // 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Ray Township Public Library
64255 Wolcott Rd, Ray, MI 48096

April 29, 2023 // 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Bug I.D. Training
CRWC OFFICE • 1115 W. Avon Rd Rochester Hills, MI 48309

Register for Adopt-A-Stream Trainings Here





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