Milton Grows Green has launched an Adopt-A-Stream program, and the group’s annual Rivers Alive cleanup event will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cindy Eade, Milton’s environmental sustainability coordinator, said the group started the Adopt-A-Stream program to continue efforts of Hopewell Middle School science teacher Tom Sewell who will be retiring at the end of the year.
“He has been training and working with students and their parents for the last five years doing Adopt-A-Stream and water quality monitoring in several streams in Milton,” she said. “He’s done it as a classroom project and an afterschool project.”
Eade said the purpose of the program is to educate the community on the importance of clean water. Having optimal water quality is better for wildlife and puts less of a burden on water management systems, she said.
“If the water’s cleaner when it’s put into the drinking water system, there’s less pollution to clean out of it,” she said.
On Oct. 23, Milton Grows Green will host its first Adopt-A-Stream meeting to introduce community members to the program. It will be at Milton City Hall at 13000 Deerfield Parkway, Suite 107, at 6:30 p.m. Those interested in becoming certified in water quality testing that evening should plan to stay until 9 p.m.
Those interested in helping clean up streams, roadways and school sites in the city should make plans to participate in Saturday’s Rivers Alive event. Cleanup volunteers will gather at Bailey Farms and Gardens at 255 Hickory Flat Road and will be assigned to work sites across Milton. Eade said about 60 volunteers work to collect about 2,000 pounds of trash.
“We usually find a lot of tires,” she said. “We find things as large as dishwashers, refrigerators, furniture [and] mattresses [and also] a lot of plastic and a lot of balls. The stuff that goes down the storm drains is what’s ending up in the streams.”
The Rivers Alive event started before Milton was incorporated as a city, Eade said, by residents Julie and Bill Bailey who spearheaded it to clean up Chicken Creek, which touches their property.
To register for the Rivers Alive event or the Adopt-A-Stream meeting or for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.