Public Participation & Involvement

This component of the SWMP mandates that York County provide opportunities for public involvement and participation in the stormwater program and related stormwater activities.  In partnership with the York Soil and Water Conservation District, York County invites all citizens to participate in various activities and events relating to water quality preservation and education.

For more information on volunteering with the South Carolina Adopt-a-Stream program or any of the other programs described below, contact the York County Stormwater Compliance Coordinator, at (803) 909-7115.

  1. South Carolina Adopt-a-Stream
  2. Rain Barrels
  3. Rain Gardens
  4. Scoop the Poop

York County is a participating community in the South Carolina Adopt-a-Stream program, as sponsored by the Clemson University Center for Watershed Excellence and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. The South Carolina Adopt-a-Stream program creates a network of watershed stewardship, engagement, and education through involvement. Program goals include increased citizen awareness of water quality issues, training of citizens on how to monitor stream health, and involvement of citizens in efforts to reduce the amount of trash in and along our waterways.

The South Carolina Adopt-a-Stream program and York County are in need of volunteers who can play an important role in monitoring and tracking water quality while sharing information about local water resources with their communities. In providing baseline information about stream conditions, volunteers, local communities, educators, and local government agencies can partner to protect and restore our waters. You do not need to be an environmentalist, fisherman, or scholar to join this effort. All are welcome to find out more information, seek training, and add to the knowledgebase of river health in South Carolina!

It’s so easy!   Make a commitment!

  • Decide as a group that you want to see a section of stream kept clean.
  • Select from your group one or more Adopt-a-Stream Coordinators.
  • Your Coordinator will attend training, learn Adopt-a-Stream protocols and then assist your group with implementing them.
  • Conduct annually:
    • One “Stream Walk” (This is a quantitative visual assessment of stream health.)
    • Two stream clean-ups per year


  • Pick a section of a stream that you would like to keep clean and adopt it.
  • Come with your family or gather your friends, coworkers, or associates and become a member of the Adopt-a-Stream Program!
  • Training will be provided on how to conduct ongoing monitoring of the health of your adopted stream section along with how to conduct a safe and successful cleanup.
  • We will provide supplies including gloves, safety vests, bags and even pick up all your bagged trash.

Join Us!

Contact the York County Stormwater Compliance Coordinator, at (803) 909-7115 or visit the SC Adopt-a-Stream Program through Clemson University. Your Adopt-a-Stream contact will ask you for the following information:

  • Group name (example: Willow Heights Homeowner’s Association)
  • Name of Group Coordinator (Each group should select a Coordinator that will be responsible for attending the training & organizing monitoring & clean-up events.)
  • Coordinator’s address, telephone, and e-mail
  • Location of stream section that you wish to adopt
  • Name to appear on adoption sign

Benefits of Joining

The Adopt-a-Stream Program can benefit local communities through:

  • Litter-free waterways
  • Awareness of your watershed
  • Training on how to monitor the health of your stream
  • Recognition of your group on an Adopt-a-Stream sign
  • Certificate of appreciation