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Save Our Streams
What is Save Our Streams?
Volunteer stream monitoring is one of the ways that Rockville evaluates the health of its three watersheds – Cabin John, Rock Creek and Watts Branch. Volunteers, working under the Izaak Walton League of America system, determine the "grades" by monitoring designated areas of a stream for aquatic insects, chemical contaminants and physical appearance.

Why get involved?
Rockville Save Our Streams (SOS) volunteers are the first line of defense for City watersheds. By volunteering you will meet people who share your interest in protecting the environment. You will help Rockville by providing information to safeguard and improve the environmental habitat. Volunteers help expand the City’s capacity to study and protect Rockville's environment. 

How do I get involved?
To get involved, you must attend a training in stream monitoring. You will need to commit to joining a monitoring team and monitoring a stream site twice a year – once in March or April and again in October. The City will provide all the supplies and materials needed and you provide your time and proper footwear for wading into streams. Check out the CreekFreaks Library to get a head start on your training! 

Interested in learning more? 
Check out the City of Rockville's SOS Program on the Creek Freaks website to see previous monitoring reports and locations. You can also visit our Watts Branch Virtual Stream developed by the Cacapon Institute to learn how we catch and identify aquatic life.

Please review our upcoming training events on the calendar and contact us to sign up and join a Stream Team.

Environmental Management Division
Department of Public Works
111 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850

Ph: 240-314-8870
Fx: 240-314-8309 

Pollution Hotline
Report pollution or illegal dumping
Ph: 240-314-8348