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Healthy streams are vital to healthy communities. It's where our kids play and dogs splash. And some of these streams provide the water we drink. But is the water in these streams clean and safe? The truth is, for most local streams, no one knows. That’s a problem – one the Izaak Walton League can help you solve with the Clean Water Challenge.

Our goal is to monitor water quality at 100,000 more stream sites nationwide by 2022 and improve water quality across the country.


There are lots of ways you can get involved, from taking a photo of your favorite stream to measuring stream health!

Step 1: #SAVECLEANWATER

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. By sharing a photo of a small stream near you, you can help us create a visual library of waterways that would be put at risk by a proposed change to the Clean Water Rule. Each week, we'll feature the best example of a threatened stream on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more! GET INVOLVED

Step 2: GET YOUR FEET WET & CLEAN UP A STREAM

Clean-ups are about more than making communities look good. When trash accumulates in streams and rivers, it damages fish habitat, blocks out sunlight vital to underwater plants, and depletes oxygen in the water (which all aquatic animals need to survive). LEARN MORE

Step 3: VOLUNTEER AS A STREAM MONITOR

You don’t need a background in science or expensive equipment to be a volunteer stream monitor. With simple tools plus targeted training from the League, you can start testing water quality in your community today! Here’s how:

  • Visit our Save Our Streams web page for stream monitoring video tutorials, equipment lists, and tips for beginning stream monitors.
  • Attend a hands-on workshop where League staff will teach you how to monitor water quality. Visit our Clean Water Workshops page for information on upcoming workshops or put in a request for training.
  • Enter your stream monitoring data into the Save Our Streams national database to create a stream health report card and share your data with others.
  • Share solutions to local pollution problems you discovered through stream monitoring. Your successes will encourage new stream monitors. E-mail sos@iwla.org.

Step 4: MAKE A DONATION

With your support, the League can provide more trainings for stream monitor, get more kids outdoors, and provide more tools and tips for everyone who cares about clean water! DONATE TO THE LEAGUE TODAY

 

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This tiny stream flows into the Potomac River, which supplies drinking water for people in and around our nation's capital. Protect the streams – protect the river.

Tiny creek near Washington DC

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