Adopt-a-Stream Workshops

Adopt-a-Stream Workshop – May 15th 2021

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Thanks to the generosity of the City of Johns Creek Autrey Mill is pleased to offer the following programs to our community. If you are a Fulton County resident and are interested in monitoring water quality in your neighborhood for the GA Adopt a Stream program, please contact the Fulton County PEO team at 404-612-7400 for information on supplies and training available for these opportunities.

What is the Adopt-a-Stream Workshop?

Join us for a hands-on training combination workshop on stream water sampling using AAS Chemical and Bacterial testing techniques employing Quality Assurance/ Quality Control (QA/QC).  AAS trainers will provide hands-on monitoring instruction in both the Chemical and Bacterial modules, and participants will practice taking samples out in the field in addition to a classroom presentation.  To become certified, participants must pass a written and practical test at the end of the workshop.   Certifications must be renewed annually.  However, you are always encouraged to attend any AAS Workshop for educational purposes only should you not want to become certified.

How do I become certified?

To comply with the Autrey Mill and Fulton County DPW Covid-19 protocols, this May 2021 Combination Chemical and Bacterial Workshop will be split between two Zoom Presentations & one final field portion.  Both Zoom presentations will be recorded in case you miss the original live Zoom presentations.  However, you must have watched the Zoom presentation before the final in-field portion/test, and you cannot be certified if you miss the in-field portion and test. This workshop is limited to 10 participants.

When is the workshop?

Tuesday, May 11 from 6pm-8pm –  Chemical Module Zoom Classroom portion

Wednesday, May 12 from 6pm-8pmBacterial Module Zoom Classroom portion

Saturday, May 15 from 10am to 1pm –  In-person field portion and test for both Chemical and Bacterial Modules

How much does it cost and how do I sign up?

There is only a $5 registration fee to hold your spot in the workshop and Autrey Mill is happy to refund that deposit. Costs for this event are covered by the City of Johns Creek Environmental Initiative. In the event of rain, all outdoor activities can be conducted inside or under a pavilion cover.

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More Information: 

The Chemical portion of the work shop is designed to teach participants about basic stream water chemistry and how to conduct various chemical tests using hand-held field equipment. The four basic set of tests include 1.) dissolved oxygen, 2.) conductivity, 3.) pH, and 4.) temperature.  Participants who collect data within 10% accuracy and pass the written test with a score of 80% or better will be certified to conduct chemical monitoring.  This workshop may count as 4 hours of Georgia Standards of Excellence professional development.

The Bacterial Monitoring Workshop teaches participants how to monitor Escherichia coli (E. coli) levels in their adopted waterway. E. coli is an indicator organism that is often used to assess water quality. This workshop will focus on the proper collection of a water sample, transfer of sample onto agar plates for incubation, then instructions on how to “read” the plates for proper interpretation of results.  Participants who demonstrate proficiency in sampling and plating and pass the written test with a score of 90% or better will be certified to conduct bacterial monitoring.  This workshop may count as 4 hours of Georgia Standards of Excellence professional development.

Macroinvertebrate Monitoring Workshop … 2021 DATE COMING SOON

The Macroinvertebrate Monitoring Workshop is training on stream sampling and monitoring. Fulton County staff will host this presentation live and will record the session to send to participants who are unable to join the workshop during this time.  We will cover information on the Adopt a Stream program, safety measures, sampling protocols based on habitat and stream type, and macroinvertebrate identification.

Registered participants will meet in-person to view preserved macroinvertebrates specimens, complete test, and macroinvertebrate ID, as well as field sampling protocols. After the training and assessment, you will be certified by the Georgia Adopt-a-Stream program for macroinvertebrate monitoring.

These workshops are open to participants 11 years old and up. However, participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult registrant.

The cost for this event is covered by the City of Johns Creek Environmental initiative.  The $5 fee you paid to register served to hold your spot in the class.  Autrey Mill is happy to refund that deposit.

-This class will be held rain or shine. Participants will be notified if field conditions become unsafe and need to be rescheduled.

-Expect to wear a mask and to be outside