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Water quality workshops upcoming
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Forsyth County News

Keep Forsyth County Beautiful has scheduled several workshops to teach people how they can help protect local waterways through the Adopt-A-Stream program.

The program shows how to monitor local water quality while advising the most effective ways to protect water resources.

Attendees who finish the workshops will receive a certificate from Georgia Adopt-A-Stream that allows them to report water quality data anywhere in the state.

The first workshop, which covers biological assessment, is set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 13 at Poole’s Mill Park.

It also will be held June 29 at Central Park, and Nov. 5 in the Hickory Ridge neighborhood.

Participants can learn how to collect, identify and count stream insects in order to assess the stream’s quality.   

The second workshop deals with chemical and bacterial certification. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 27 at Poole’s Mill Park, with other sessions July 13 at Central Park and Nov. 12 in Hickory Ridge.

The workshop will educate attendees on how to perform basic chemical and bacterial sampling on local streams.

Kevin Smith, community outreach specialist with Keep Forsyth County Beautiful, said the “program strives to raise the public’s awareness of how crucial local water quality is to the environment.”

“These workshops provide wonderful firsthand experience in monitoring these valuable water resources,” he said.

The workshops are suitable for adults and children in third grade or higher.

To register, contact Smith at (678) 513-5892 or