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Adopt a Stream

Adopt a Stream

Adopt a Stream Workshop
Photo from Nebraska Wildlife Federation's
Adopt-a-Stream Web site.

Public Health Solutions and Nebraska Wildlife

Are you interested in water quality and the environment?

Are you able to sample a stream, lake or wetland in Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline or Thayer county?

If so read on...

Doane University, Public Health Solutions District Health Department , and the Nebraska Wildlife Federation have received an Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education grant titled "No Stream Left Behind". 

The purpose of this project is to develop and test a web-based teaching system that will encourage and enable teachers, youth group leaders, and other citizen volunteers in a five-county region of southeast Nebraska to protect and improve Nebraska's water in streams, lakes and wetlands.

No prior experience is needed. The project will train and engage volunteers in long term outdoor environmental sampling activities at regular intervals, fostering community stewardship for the environment by building up a sense of personal knowledge and responsibility for the health of the water bodies in their region. The online teaching system will educate participants on local water quality issues, and train them to use basic stream monitoring equipment.

Participants will enter their physical and chemical data into the Nebraska Wildlife Federation's Adopt-A-Stream Web site , making it available for use by anyone with interest in learning or teaching about local water quality. Because No Stream Left Behind will be web-based, it can serve as a model for use in other regions of our rural state which are difficult to reach with face-to-face teaching models.

Water test kits and training are provided at no charge. A stipend is provided as well.

The funding requires that participants sample within the following counties:

  • Fillmore
  • Gage
  • Jefferson
  • Saline
  • Thayer

Water will be tested for:

  • Temperature
  • pH
  • Turbidity
  • Phosphate
  • Nitrate nitrogen
  • Hardness
  • Dissolved oxygen
  • Alkalinity

Overall water and basic weather conditions will also be recorded.

If interested, complete the online application. The results of your application will be sent to you within 30 days. 

If you have questions contact any of the project leaders below:

  • Duane Havorka, Executive Director, Nebraska Wildlife Federation, PO Box 81437 Lincoln, NE 68501, 402-477-1008,
  • Dr. Russell Souchek, Professor of Environmental Science, Doane University, 1014 Boswell Avenue, Crete, NE 68333, 402-826-8238,


Visit the Environmental & Earth Sciences Department Website.