Adopt-A-Waterway allows individuals, families, and organizations to commit to ongoing stewardship in their local streams throughout the Tennessee Valley Watershed.

Our Adopt-A-Waterway Program was founded in 2018 on the principle that everyone can be a steward. Our goal is to connect as many volunteers as possible to their local waterways, where they will enhance water quality through stewardship projects.


Adopting a stream means a two year commitment to the segment of your choosing, with at least one stewardship project required every year. You will be recognized on site with a sign, and supported by WaterWays throughout the adoption process.


Get Your Adoption Started

The adoption process: 

  • Adopt a segment of stream for a two year period.
  • Complete at least one stream stewardship project per year.

How we support you:

  • Provide a sign with Adopter’s name at the adopted section
  • Assist in obtaining materials and supplies for stewardship projects
  • Provide advice on the types of stewardship projects that would best work for your adopted section
  • Act as a guide, if needed, to help your group succeed!

What does a Stewardship Project look like?

  • Stewardship projects can be a range of activities, and we will be available to help your group decide what actions are the best to take for your specific area! Here are some examples of stewardship projects:
    • Invasive plant removal
    • Planting native plants and trees
    • Trash clean ups
    • Hosting watershed education programs

Fill out the adoption form below:

Current Adopters & Sites:

Chattanooga Creek
McCallie School Natural Conservation Guild
Wild Trails


Citico Creek
Green Steps
GPS Outdoor Club


Friar Branch
Silverdale Baptist Academy


Mountain Creek
Barge Design
Mountain Creek Church of Christ
Red Bank Elementary School Stream Team
Red Bank High School Interact Club
North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy
WaterWays Young Professionals


North Chickamauga Creek
Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians
Ivy Academy


Shoal Creek
Boy Scout Troop 116


South Chickamauga Creek
Our House Studios
Tennessee Valley Canoe Club


Stringers Branch
Boy Scout Troop 3271


West Chickamauga Creek
Lionheart OCR Kids

The Adopt-A-Waterway program is facilitated by WaterWays in partnership with the City of Chattanooga Water Quality Program and the Hamilton County Water Quality Program, with assistance from the Scenic Cities Beautiful Commission and others.

Please get in touch with our Outreach and Education Specialist with any questions.