Adopt A Stream

Becoming good stewards- Join the Adopt-a-Stream program today

Boy scouts across Virginia have adopted stretches of rivers, streams and tributaries where they clean up litter that has accumulated along the banks.  When asked what pollution is, many people’s first answer is litter.  Picking up litter is one way that Boy Scouts can be good stewards of their environment. Litter has an impact on water quality, and animals can get caught in litter. Here are the steps to get involved in Adopt-a-Stream:

  1.  Find a stretch of litter that needs some help with cleaning.  If you are unaware of any streams in your area that need some help, contact the Adopt-a-Stream Coordinator. Her contact information is provided below.
  2.  Fill out the application and send it to the Adopt-a-Stream Coordinator.  The address is on the bottom of the application or you can email it.
  3.  Schedule your litter cleanup.  Fill out the events notification.  It asks what day you plan to do your litter cleanup.  You can also request bags, gloves and vests that will come to you via UPS.
  4.  Report your litter cleanup.  The Adopt-a-Stream program is grant funded and the reports are needed so that a cumulative report can be sent to the Environmental Protection Agency.

In addition to picking up litter, there may also be opportunities for your boy scouts to work with the local SWCD to help with stream bank erosion projects or by planting native plants to help the native wildlife.

There is an Adopt-a-Stream quarterly newsletter.  If your troop writes a story about their experience, it may be published in the newsletter.  If you send pictures, they may appear in the newsletter and may be posted on flicker.


Here is the link to the Adopt-a-Stream: If you have questions about the Adopt-a-Stream program, please call Sheila Barnett at 804-786-1815 or email her at


Here is the link to the Adopt-a-Stream flier that advertises the program: