NC Stream Watch


Join the fastest growing statewide stream monitoring network! 

If you'd like to be a part of the network, just claim your stream and start completing surveys whenever you wish.  If you'd like to share observations, pictures, or other data, just click on the survey of your choice below and submit the information you have. We are looking for citizens interested in joining, or just sharing their observations.  The goal of NC Stream Watch is to host observations and images of North Carolina's beautiful water resources for citizens to see what different waterways look like from different parts of the state.  NC Stream Watch is a program intended strictly for educational purposes.   
To receive an official NC Stream Watch Sign:  After you have completed at least 2 trash clean-ups and submitted pre/post trash tracker surveys within 1 year of each other, please email to request a sign.

Joining is as easy as:

1. Claim Your Stream to Watch

Click Here to Apply

2. Complete the surveys you choose

Pre-Trash Tracker Survey-

Scouting for Trash Pick Up


Post-Trash Tracker Survey


How many bags?


Source Tracker Survey (SCITS)


What's getting in the water?


Habitat Assessment Survey

Identifying the quality of your river banks

Water Chemistry Survey  

Identifying the characteristics of the water

Macroinvertebrate Indicators Survey

Identifying the bugs in the water


These surveys are still in development, please email any feedback to

3. Enjoy looking at our NC Stream Watch Map:

NC Stream Watch Map


Want to share this opportunity with others?  Enjoy our Stream Watch Introduction Video:




Introducing NC Stream Watch+

Interested in taking your Stream Monitoring to the next level?

StreamWatch+ is a supplement to the NC Department of Environmental Quality NC StreamWatch Program, with a goal of enlisting citizen scientists for collecting more rigorous data about our aquatic ecosystems across the state than generally necessitated by normal StreamWatch standard. Groups across the state have been collecting data through the StreamWatch program since its inception in 2019; this page is intended to guide high school students to bring the program to their schools!

Additionally, all of the resources for conducting analytical research on this data are also present, so from the ground up anyone can found a research club at their school! 

We're excited to work with you; together, we can learn more about our beloved state's aquatic ecosystem and hopefully begin to affect change across the mountain, piedmont, and coastal regions. Here we've gathered as many guides, journals, tips, and other resources as we could gather in order to simplify your transition into the life of a StreamWatcher. 

To learn how to participate in NC Stream Watch+, email