York County Stream Clean

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What is York County Stream Clean? 

Stream Clean is a citizen-based monitoring and litter prevention initiative intended to protect the health and beauty of our local waterways. A citizen, group, or organization adopt a section of a stream and perform periodic cleanups of litter in the stream. Think Adopt-a-Highway but with a stream instead of a road. 

Why is York County Stream Clean important? 

Litter is an unattractive eye sore that can cause harm to our ecosystems and the organisms that rely on them (that includes people). Clean stream seeks to increase citizen awareness of water quality issues and Involve citizens in efforts to reduce the amount of trash in and along our waterways.

Why you should get involved. 

By adopting a stream an individual, group, organization, or community can help in a big way. These volunteers can have a direct impact on the beautification and cleanliness of York county waters. 


How can you get involved? Easy! 

  1. Make a commitment: Decide that you want to see a section of stream kept clean.
  2. (If a group) Select from your group one or more Clean Stream coordinators
  3. Pick a section of a stream that you would like to keep clean
  4. Have your coordinator(s) reach out to York County Storm Water
  5. Adopt-It!
  6. Conduct at least 4 “Stream Walks” a year (This is a visual assessment of stream health) and at least 2 stream clean-ups per year.

York County will provide supplies including gloves, safety vests, and bags. A York County representative will even pick up all your bagged trash once you are done!

For more opportunities visit our Keep York County Beautiful volunteer program page.