Garbage bags, traffic cone, tires, and other trash found in a Raleigh stream.


Volunteer for three years or more

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Where to Adopt Requirements Working in the Stream Register

Where to Adopt

Is there a stream that you like to visit? The map shows what streams are: 

  • Available; 
  • Recommended by staff; and,
  • Already adopted.

(The program is for streams in Raleigh city limits only.)

Click the icon in the top right corner of the map to view the legend. 


There is a three-year commitment for this program. During this time you:

  1. Complete two stream cleanups a year (in the fall and spring); and,
  2. Add your data to this map after each cleanup.

Working in the Stream

You'll be removing trash from the stream. Staff will pick up the trash for you after each cleanup. If you see water pollution, please let us know by email

Provided Volunteer Material
Trash bags
Safety vests

Please remember to get permission from nearby residents if you need to enter their property to get to the stream. 


Complete this registration form to adopt a stream in Raleigh. 



Joyce Gaffney
Environmental & Sustainability Specialist 

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