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

Adopt-A-Stream is perfect for families, friends, neighborhood groups, employee clubs – just about anyone who is interested in exploring our area streams and helping collect valuable water quality data at the same time. 

Adopt-A-Stream Data


How it Works

  • Work with our staff to find a stream sampling location
  • Assemble a team yourself or join one of our current teams
  • 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

What You Get

  • Recognition on The Watershed Center’s website and in newsletters
  • Fun, hands-on, place-based education
  • Pride of ownership in our water quality

Getting Started

  • Attend our New Volunteer Orientation and Training held each fall prior to sampling – no commitment necessary, just come and learn about the program
  • Email Heather at or call 231.935.1514 x3 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 link on web site
  • Publicity in The Watershed Center’s e-newsletter
  • Publicity on The Watershed Center’s 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!

Thank You to Our Stream Sponsors!

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

We connect people to what makes
our region special – clean water.