Adopt-A-Stream is Georgia's volunteer water quality monitoring program, which targets Georgia 5th graders through senior citizens. The program engages citizens in water protection activities through a series of educational workshops, training individuals on the physical, chemical and biological health of our waterways. Through 60 local partners, Adopt-A-Stream supports more than 200 groups in monitoring 500 sites, with thousands more participating across the state.
Project WET, Water Education for Teachers, targets formal and non-formal K-12 educators with the goals of facilitating and promoting awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship of water resources through the development and dissemination of classroom-ready teaching aids and the establishment of state and internationally sponsored programs.
Rivers Alive is Georgia's annual waterway cleanup targeting all rivers, lakes, wetlands and coastal waters with goals of creating awareness of and involvement in the preservation of Georgia's water resources. This year-round program culminates with a flurry of cleanups in the fall, attracting more than 25,000 volunteers who annually remove more than half a million pounds of trash from thousands of miles of Georgia waters.
River of Words
River of Words is an international poetry and art contest that encourages young people to use their creativity to express what they’ve learned about watersheds. Georgia boasts one of the top programs in the nation with 8,713 poetry and art submissions, 168 state award winners, 33 national finalists and two national grand prize winners in the last four years.
Environmental Education in Georgia
The Online Guide to Environmental Education in Georgia serves teachers and other educators by providing environmental education (EE) lesson plans based on Georgia’s curriculum standards, a searchable directory of Georgia's EE organizations and the resources they offer, a statewide calendar of EE events, EE news, and facts about Georgia's environment.
Air Protection Branch Outreach
The Air Protection Branch Outreach page features air quality outreach materials for teachers and students, Georgia residents, vehicle owners, and anyone else who just wants to learn about air quality. Here you can find links to brochures and outreach material, teaching aides, public participation opportunities and other information to help you understand the complicated issues associated with air quality.
Georgia Commute Options Program
Georgia Commute Options are free services for commuters and employers that make it easier to switch from driving alone to one of the many other commute options available, such as: carpooling, vanpooling, mass transit, teleworking (working from home), bicycling and walking. More than 1,600 employers and 85,000 Georgians have used these services, and the numbers are growing. Georgians are saving thousands of dollars a year on their commutes, earning cash and winning prizes. Employers are seeing boosts in productivity, morale and their bottom lines. These programs also keep about 1.1 million vehicle miles off our roads every workday.
Georgia’s Clean Air Force
Georgia’s Clean Air Force (GCAF) was created in 1996 as a result of the Clean Air Act and with the support of the Georgia legislature. In conjunction with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, GCAF serves as the state’s Enhanced Vehicle Emission Inspection and Maintenance (I/M) Program.
Vehicle emissions are a major contributor to the increase in air pollution as metro Atlanta continues to grow. The health, environmental, and economic impacts of air pollution are significant. Furthermore, pollution poses mounting dangers to public health and welfare. GCAF is designed to identify, and ultimately repair, vehicles that pollute the air, while helping our area work toward attaining federal clean air standards.
Since its formation, GCAF has prevented tons of ozone-forming pollutants and particle pollution from entering the air we breathe. Nearly two million heavy polluting vehicles have been identified and repaired since the start of the program.
Georgia Diesel Emissions Reduction Program
The Georgia Diesel Emissions Reduction Program (GaDER), also known as the Georgia Retrofit Program, began as a pilot program designed to provide funding assistance to school systems in the 20-county metro Atlanta non-attainment area to reduce emissions from their school bus fleets. With almost 3,000 school buses retrofitted to-date, this program has expanded to cover the entire state. Environmental Protection Division staff continue to apply for grant funding to help school systems and public and private companies retrofit their bus and other vehicle fleets.