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FOG | School Programs | Water Conservation | Adopt-A-Stream


FOG  

Every year, DeKalb County Watershed Management challenges DeKalb County students and seniors at schools and centers to prevent unnecessary clogs by not pouring Fats, Oils and Grease (F.O.G.) down the drain.

             

School Programs

Our school programs also bring the world of water to students and teachers in DeKalb County. Our programs use widely recognized curricula that is interactive and easy to facilitate in the classroom. Lessons are correlated to State and National standards.

    Topics include:   

  • Water & Wastewater Treatment      
  • Water Conservation
  • Water Pollution
  • Water Cycle
  • Water Ecology
  • Water Careers

Teachers can also benefit from our school programs. DWM offers workshops for teachers and educators so that they can bring water education to their students. Workshops can either be requested or teachers can attend one of the several events throughout the year. The workshops can also be used to satisfy Professional Learning Units requirements.

        

Water Conservation

The department has also partnered with several DeKalb County Libraries to distribute FREE Custom Water Conservation Kits. The kits provide noticeable water consumption savings for bathrooms, which is where most household water usage occurs. The kit includes: low-flow shower head, bathroom faucet aerators, leak detection tablets and numerous household conservation tips.

                                                                                    

DeKalb Adopt-A-Stream

Adopt-A-stream is a volunteer water quality monitoring program that increases awareness about water quality issues and collects baseline water quality data. Individuals, schools, homeowners, and civic organizations can participate by attending or scheduling a workshop.

Types of volunteer training offered: 

  • Chemical/Physical – Collecting basic data and analyzing water samples to determine stream health.
  • Macroinvertebrate – Capturing and identifying aquatic organism to understand water quality and habitat.
  • Bacterial – collecting and counting E. Coli counts to indicate potential health hazards.
  • Watershed assessments – Learn what is in your watershed that may affect the quality of your stream.

Visual surveys – Track changes in your stream as it transforms over time.