Stream Watch in Winston-Salem

Stream Watch is an educational, citizen science program to help everyone learn more about our local waterways in Winston-Salem in cooperation with NC DEQ. Check out the map below to see where others have participated!

How to Participate

Sign up for Stream Watch using our Stormwater Volunteer Form. We will confirm your sign up and email you a link to the online Stream Watch Survey.

After signing up, visit a local waterway in Winston-Salem, this can be a stream or creek near your home or at a favorite city park, and follow along on the online Stream Watch survey from your smartphone or tablet to make various visual observations about the habitat and water quality. Make sure to note your stream location and take a picture of your stream section to share with us. To take a good stream picture, make sure you are facing upstream (this means water is flowing towards you!).

Safety comes first when being around our local waterways, dress appropriately (closed toed shoes are strongly encouraged) and watch your footing around the stream banks so you don’t slip or fall. Please do not disturb any wildlife you may come across. Don’t go down to the water if there is any chance of a storm, a stream channel can quickly fill with fast moving water during a rain event. Always wash your hands after working around the stream.

Help Take Care of Our Local Waterways

If you observe any storm drain, pipe, creek or stream that has an unusual smell, appearance or signs of dumping/suspected pollutants while participating in Stream Watch, please report it to us right away by calling the Stormwater Pollution Hotline at 336-727-8000 or CityLink 311.

Contact Us

For more information, email Hanna Miller with the City of Winston-Salem Stormwater Division, or call 336-747-6960.