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Georgia Adopt-A-Stream names Forsyth volunteer Trainer of the Year
Kevin Smith Named 2016 Adopt-A-Stream Trainer of the Year WEB
Kevin Smith was named the 2016 Adopt-A-Stream Trainer of the Year. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

A Keep Forsyth County Beautiful outreach specialist has been named the 2016 Trainer of the Year by Georgia Adopt-A-Stream.

The award recognizes trainers who show leadership and dedication to promoting the program’s goals toward watershed awareness and protection in local communities, according to a Georgia Department of Natural Resources news release.

Smith has been a certified Adopt-A-Stream trainer and community coordinator for more than 10 years. Last year, he taught 26 workshops for the organization, racking up 412 certifications earned by his students in chemical, macroinvertebrate, bacterial and amphibian monitoring.

“I working toward 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 mathematic s) certifications,” said Richard E. Dunn, director of the DNR’s Watershed Protection Branch, in the release. “As a result, he certified every fourth and fifth grader in chemical and macroinvertebrate sampling and every second and third grader in a new frog monitoring program.”

Dunn said Smith’s success is “driven by his unfailing enthusiasm and commitment to environmental education and stewardship.”

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-A-Stream’s annual volunteer water quality monitoring conference held in Buford.