Doug and Alice Walker received the Beyond Borders Award at Confluence, the annual conference for Georgia’s Adopt-A-Stream program. The conference was held at the Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center in Buford, Ga., and award winners were recognized at the awards ceremony.

The Beyond Borders Award is given to the Adopt-A-Stream group or volunteer outside of Georgia that has demonstrated drive and commitment to monitor and protect a watershed shared between our states. Since 2006, the Walkers have continuously led the Stream Stompers group in chemical and macroinvertebrate monitoring of two locations on Hollow Creek within the Savannah River watershed in South Carolina.

Every month they organize and participate in sampling with the other members, sometimes even providing lunch. In order to get chemical replacements and monitoring equipment, the Walkers write grants for funding. Their sites on Hollow Creek flow into ponds on lands managed by the Silver Bluff Audubon Center & Sanctuary and provide refuges for the endangered wood stork.

The consistent and accurate water quality data that the Walkers make available on the Georgia Adopt-A-Stream website allows them to create annual reports on the health of the waters.

Walkers awarded for stream monitoring