Georgia Adopt-A-Stream recognizes Kevin Smith with the 2016 Trainer of the Year Award. This award is given to trainers who exemplify leadership and dedication to promoting the program’s goals towards watershed awareness and protection in local communities.

Kevin is an outreach specialist at Keep Forsyth County Beautiful and has been a certified Adopt-AStream (AAS) Trainer and Community Coordinator for more than 10 years. In 2016 alone, he taught 26 AAS workshops—with 412 certifications earned by his students in Chemical, Macroinvertebrate, Bacterial and Amphibian monitoring. In working towards Forsyth County’s goals to increase public participation by targeting schools, Kevin used a “field before classroom” approach to engage students at two schools working on gaining STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) certifications. As a result, he certified every 4th and 5th grader in chemical and macroinvertebrate sampling and every 2nd and 3rd grader in a new frog monitoring program. Kevin’s success is driven by his unfailing enthusiasm and commitment to environmental education and stewardship. Georgia AdoptA-Stream is honored to recognize Kevin Smith with the 2016 Trainer of the Year Award for his outstanding efforts and dedication to the program!

On March 25, 2017, volunteers, nonprofit organizations and local government agencies from across the state were honored for their efforts to improve Georgia’s waterways at Confluence, Georgia Adopt-AStream’s annual volunteer water quality monitoring conference. The conference was held at the Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford, Georgia, and award winners were recognized at the awards ceremony. As the statewide volunteer water quality monitoring program, Georgia Adopt-AStream is dependent on forming strong partnerships with local volunteers to help fulfill its goals. Each of the 2016 award winners demonstrated efforts that exemplified these goals, including promoting an awareness of nonpoint source pollution, collecting baseline water quality data and creating partnerships.

Adopt-A-Stream encourages individuals and communities to monitor and improve sections of streams, wetlands, lakes or estuaries. The goals of Adopt-A-Stream are to increase public awareness of the State’s nonpoint source pollution and water quality issues, provide citizens with the tools and training to evaluate and protect their local waterways, gather observations of State waterways, encourage partnerships between citizens and their local government and to collect quality baseline water quality data. To obtain more information or to participate in Adopt-A-Stream or Confluence, call the Environmental Protection Division’s Adopt-A-Stream State Office at 404-463-1511 or visit our website: www.AdoptAStream.Georgia.Gov.