Source: NorthFulton.com

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful to host free adopt-a-stream workshops

by Emme Raus

April 09, 2013

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Keep Forsyth County Beautiful (KFCB) will host several workshops designed to educate citizens on how they can help protect local waterways through the Adopt-A-Stream program.

The Adopt-A-Stream program informs citizens on how to monitor local water quality while advising on the most effective ways to protect local water resources.

Citizens are encouraged to attend two different free workshops suitable for children in third grade and up. Upon completion of the workshops, attendees will be presented a certificate from Georgia Adopt-A-Stream that allows them to report water quality data anywhere in the state of Georgia.

The first workshop deals with biological assessment and will be held from 9 a.m. to

1 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at Poole’s Mill Park; Saturday, June 29 at Central Park and Saturday, Nov. 5 in the Hickory Ridge neighborhood.

During the biological assessment workshop, attendees will learn how to collect, identify and count stream insects in order to assess the stream’s quality.

The second workshop focuses on chemical and bacterial certification and will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at Poole’s Mill Park; Saturday, July 13 at Central Park and Saturday, Nov. 12 in the Hickory Ridge neighborhood.

The chemical and bacterial certification workshop will educate attendees on how to perform basic chemical and bacterial sampling on local streams.

“Water is a precious resource and the Adopt-A-Stream program strives to raise the public’s awareness of how crucial local water quality is to the environment,” said Kevin Smith, KFCB community outreach specialist.

“These workshops provide wonderful firsthand experience in monitoring these valuable water resources.”

Poole’s Mill Park is located at 7725 Poole’s Mill Road in Ballground.

Central Park is located at 2300 Keith Bridge Road in Cumming.

The workshops located in the Hickory Ridge neighborhood off of Hwy. 20 will take place in the open field within the neighborhood.

To register for these free workshops, contact Kevin Smith at 678-513-5892 or at kdsmith@forsythco.com.