If you would like more information about how to adopt a stream, or how to help keep an eye on a stream near you, contact:
Stream Watch Coordinator
Division of Water Resources
1611 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1611
Scroll down to access online application for Stream Watch. (You will need to download it and email it to Lauren.Daniel@ncdenr.gov)
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What is the purpose of NC Stream Watch?
The goal of NC Stream Watch is to host observations and images of North Carolina's beautiful water resources for educational purposes. We want educators to share what different waterways look like from different parts of the state.
- What resources are provided by this program?
When you sign up for NC Stream Watch you will be mailed an NC Stream Watch onboarding packet which will include:
-Informational materials about the NC Stream Watch program
- A field guide to get started
Outside of this packet, additional materials and trainings can be requested, and we will try our best to provide you with those resources!
- I just applied to NC Stream Watch, now what do I do?
When you sign up for Stream Watch you agree to monitor your stream using the surveys found on this site. To be considered active in this program, you must complete two surveys and two trash clean ups per year. Once you've applied, you are welcome to access the survey of your choice (Stream, River, or Basin Level) and start monitoring!
- What happens to the information provided in the surveys?
The information that you provide about your stream in these surveys will be available on a publicly accessible statewide map. Your personal information will not be shared. The data you choose to share will be used for educational purposes such as classroom discussions, activities, and lessons. The purpose of having this information publicly on a map is to show what the waterways of North Carolina look like from different parts of the state. Please note: your NC Stream Watch data will not be used for policymaking or regulation.
- What if I am concerned about the water quality in my stream?
Concerns about specific streams, such as odor, color, or other concerns, should be directed to regional offices. To find your regional office, click here: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/air-quality/regional-offices
- Can you come out to speak to my group about stream monitoring?
If you are interested in Stream Watch training, please email: