Protecting Virginia’s Natural Resources Since 1989
Virginia Save Our Streams
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VIRGINIA Save Our Streams monitors water quality of Virginia's streams and educates the public about importance of clean water. Virginians have the right to know whether or not streams are safe for swimming, fishing, playing, and drinking. Also, having site-specific and timely water quality information allows us identify pollution problems, determine how to restore streams, and assess success of restoration efforts. Our more than 600 volunteers collect information at approximately 400 stream sites. We work with everyone from individuals to agencies to ensure that future generations inherit improved and protected streams, rivers, and estuaries across Virginia.


Virginia Save Our Streams is a program of the Izaak Walton League of America. Founded in 1922, the Izaak Walton League is one of the nation's oldest and most respected conservation organizations. With a powerful grassroots network of nearly 270 local chapters nationwide, the League takes a common-sense approach toward protecting our country's natural heritage and improving outdoor recreation opportunities for all Americans. For more information about our Virginia chapters, please visit the Virginia Division of the Izaak Walton League.


You Can Help Save Our Streams!

Monitors collecting a water sample


Become a Virginia Save Our Streams monitor

We are still missing vital information about many of our streams. Learn more about how to join an existing monitoring group or how to start your own.


Take Action for Clean Water

There are many actions you can take to Save Our Streams. Start with small changes in your own everyday actions. For example, pick up pet waste, plant native grasses, bushes and trees in your yard, and maintain your car properly, You can also advocate for clean water by letting your elected officials know water quality is important to you and by educating your friends and neighbors about what they can do to save streams. Organizing a stream clean-up, stream monitoring group, or restoration project is another great way to take action for clean water. More ideas and resources are available here.


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