Dekalb Dept. of Watershed wins 2011 Adopt-a-Stream Award | Environment
DECATUR – DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Burrell Ellis announces that the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Protection Division (EPD) presented the DeKalb County Department of Watershed Management and DeKalb Adopt-a-Stream Program Coordinator Michael O’Shield with the 2011 Adopt-a-Stream Program of the Year Award for Large Systems.
The award recognizes local public utilities, government agencies, regional commissions, non-profits, and watershed organizations that have exceeded standards in implementing the four Adopt-a-Stream goals: 1) to increase public awareness of the State’s nonpoint source pollution and water quality issues; 2) provide citizens with the tools and training to evaluate and protect their local waterways; 3) encourage partnerships between citizens and their local government; and 4) collect baseline water quality data. The DeKalb Adopt-a-Stream Program was recognized for leading a team effort to empower residents to preserve the county’s water supply. In 2011, the DeKalb County Adopt-A-Stream Program delivered 208 presentations to 4,479 students, hosted 29 workshops, certified 639 volunteers to collect water quality data, and assisted 519 volunteers to remove 24,650 pounds of debris from area streams.