Become a Steward of your Watershed!



Do you enjoy the great outdoors? Are you tired of seeing trash strewn in and along our waterways? Want to do something about it? Pick a section of stream that you would like to keep clean and adopt it.  Your family, a group of friends, or a scout troop, civic organization, church, or business may become a member of theAAS1 Adopt-A-Stream Program!

You will be provided training on how to conduct monitoring of the health of your adopted stream section along with how to execute a safe and successful clean-up. We will provide gloves, safety vests, bags and even pick up all of your bagged trash.

In return for your commitment, you will receive a stream-side Adopt-A-Stream sign commemorating your service and join a community of action-minded individuals who have made the decision to get out and make a difference!

The Knox Area Water Quality Forum in cooperation with the City of Knoxville, Knox County, the Town of Farragut and the University of Tennessee have partnered to form the Adopt-A-Stream Program, a citizen-based monitoring and litter prevention initiative intended to protect the health and serenity of our local waterways and educate our communities on the environmental concerns that impact them every day on a personal level.  Our shared vision is that all of the streams flowing through Knox County, the City of Knoxville, the Town of Farragut and the University of Tennessee will be adopted and collectively cared for by citizens, businesses, and organizations in our communities.

To Join the Adopt-A-Stream Program you will first need to define your team and select a coordinator(s) to be trained on the Adopt-A-Stream protocol. As a group you should then determine the general section of stream you are mutually interested in adopting.  If you don’t know of one, you can discuss the general area with one of the three Adopt-A-Stream Municipal Contacts (see below) and he/she can help you identify an adoptable site.

We ask that our teams commit to annually conducting:

  • AAS3One Stream Walk: A simple quantitative visual assessment of stream health looking at stream characteristics like canopy cover and extent of erosion
  • Three Stream Watches: These are abbreviated visual assessments to identify changing stream conditions.
  • One Pipe and Drain Ditch Inventory: Provides invaluable data to Stormwater Programs on potential stream pollution sources.
  • Two Stream Cleanups

When you’re ready to take the next step, get in touch with the Adopt-A-Stream Contact for your area (City of Knoxville, Knox County, Town of Farragut, UT campus). Your Adopt-A-Stream Contact will ask you for your group name, the name of your team’s coordinator (who will be expected to attend the training, organize monitoring and clean-up events), the coordinator(s)’s contact information (address, telephone and e-mail), the location of the stream section your team wishes to adopt and the name to appear on the adoption sign.

Give us a call today and become a part of this rewarding service opportunity!

Stephanie Carlson/ Knox County Stormwater Engineering (865)215-5540

John Shubzda / City of Knoxville Stormwater Management (865)215-4134

Lori Saal / Town of Farragut Engineering (865)966-7057

Garrett Ferry /University of Tennessee (865)974-9729