Save Our Streams
Save Our Streams (SOS) is a national clean-water education and outreach program. Since 1969, we have cleaned-up stream corridors, monitored stream health, and restored degraded stream banks. Visit our Q&A page to learn how to start your own water monitoring group. For more on the program's history, listen to a 2009 radio interview.
Creek Freaks are groups of middle school kids who perform stream monitoring in their communities. Adult leaders are trained in Creek Freaks activities and lead the groups as they monitor streams using biological, physical, and chemical methods. The middle schoolers then upload their data and photos to the Creek Freaks Web site.
To view data and photos from across the country, download curriculum materials, or find out how to lead your own program, visit Creek Freaks.
More than 600 Virginia Save Our Streams volunteers are collecting water quality data at 400 sites across the state. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality uses data collected by our volunteers to identify healthy waters in need of protection and polluted waters that need to be restored. Volunteers also use the data to prioritize and evaluate restoration projects and to educate the public about how to reduce pollution.
Project Watershed is an environmental education and community outreach program that engages central New York high school, middle school and college students, and adult volunteers, in monitoring water quality and conserving local streams.
Wondering about the quality of streams in your neighborhood? Test the water quality today! We'll help you get started. Begin with SOS Monitoring for step-by-step guidance in monitoring, restoration, advocacy, or education. Or visit our Project Ideas section for a variety of hands-on stream and wetland project ideas appropriate for community groups or schools. If you're ready to start with a monitoring project, click here for a list of suppliers for SOS Monitoring Equipment.
Contact the SOS program via e-mail or by calling 1-800-BUG-IWLA (800-284-4952) for details on how to start monitoring and improving stream quality in your area.