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Adopt-A-Stream workshops scheduled
Participants inspect water quality
KFCB streams
KFCB Community Outreach Specialist Kevin Smith, second from right, teaches participants of a recent Adopt-A-Stream program. - photo by Submitted

Participants can register up to the day of each class. To sign up, contact Kevin Smith at (678) 513-5892 or
Residents interested in learning about Forsyth County’s water can attend free workshops beginning this week, sponsored by a local environmental government agency.

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful Community Outreach Specialist Kevin Smith will teach two separate workshops as part of the Adopt-A-Stream program.

The chemical assessment class looks at water temperatures and pH levels. Smith said this workshop gives residents the “ability to assess local streams ... to know if it’s a healthy habitat.”

The biological assessment class gives residents the opportunity to look at insect life in streams and the lake.

Smith said the chemical workshop is taught in the classroom, while the biological class takes participants outdoors for experiments at local streams.

He said information from the courses “empowers citizens to be a part of protecting our waterways.”

Participants have ranged over the years from biologists to kids and teachers in local schools.

“For the most part, it’s people interested in the outdoors,” Smith said.

The chemical assessment workshop begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Keep Forsyth County Beautiful office, 875 Lanier 400 Parkway, Suite 114.

More workshops are scheduled for Aug. 5 at the Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center, 4075 Spot Road, and Oct. 17 at the Central Park Recreation Center, 2300 Keith Bridge Road.

The Aug. 5 and Oct. 17 sessions will begin at 10 a.m.

The biological assessment workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Keep Forsyth County Beautiful office. More workshops are scheduled for Sept. 12, at the Sawnee Mountain Preserve Visitor Center, and Oct. 24, at the Central Park rec center.

All three sessions will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Forsyth County’s Adopt-A-Stream program is part of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Environmental Protection Division.

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