The City of Oak Ridge Healthy Waters Program is seeking organizations, businesses and community groups to participate in a new Adopt-A-Creek program. The Adopt-ACreek program serves to enhance the quality of Oak Ridge’s waterways through citizen action and education. It aims to reduce the amount of trash in and along waterways, to increase citizen awareness of water quality issues and to train citizens on how to monitor stream health.

Any organization, business or group can volunteer to adopt a creek, or section of a creek, for a one year period. During this period, participants will pick up and remove litter in and around the creek at least once every six months. Additionally, participants will be taught how to perform a visual stream assessment at each creek clean-up.

Safety and stream assessment training for each participating group’s coordinator and cocoordinator will be provided, as well as trash bags, gloves, safety vests and warning signs for the groups to use during each clean-up event.

Participation will allow organizations to publicly demonstrate their concern and dedication to clean, healthy water. This dedication will be recognized with an official Adopt-A-Creek sign highlighting the organization’s name. The sign will be erected on the roadside next to the creek after the first stream clean-up. Also, upon completion of the first year of commitment, the City will present participants with a Certificate of Appreciation.

There is no deadline to apply; applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

For more information about the program or to apply, contact the Healthy Waters Program at healthywaters@oakridgetn.gov or (865) 425-1875.

For more information about the City of Oak Ridge, please visit www.oakridgetn.gov.