NC Stream Watch

Welcome to North Carolina Stream Watch

Learn about NC Streams without any required equipment. Anyone can participate in NC Stream Watch!  Do you teach about water or the environment?  Are you looking for ways to engage remote learners?  Maybe you just pass a stream while you're walking your dog.  We invite you to share your visual observations next time you're visiting a stream.

The goal of NC Stream Watch is to host observations and images of North Carolina's beautiful water resources for community members to see. The interactive map offers users to explore the diversity of waterways from different parts of the state.  NC Stream Watch is a program intended for educational purposes only. 


NC Stream Watch

Take a peak at our new NC Stream Watch Guidebook for educators!

NC Stream Watch

NC Stream Watch Survey

Explore NC Streams & Rivers

Observations Map

Stream Monitoring Printable Field Guides:

NC Stream Watch: Macroinvertebrates

NC Stream Watch: Habitat Assessment

NC Stream Watch: Chemical Monitoring

NC Stream Watch: Source Conveyance ID

More Community Science Tools:

Community Watershed Improvement Projects

Are you involved in environmental projects to support your community? Do you see areas that could benefit from rain gardens or litter clean up? Use our new Community Watershed Improvement Projects (CoWIPS) tool to document your efforts. You can also share hot-spots for trash accumulation as well as trash clean-up events!

Community Watershed Improvement Projects Tool

Trash Survey Tool (Pre-Clean-Up)

Trash Tracker Tool (Post-Clean-Up)

Click Here for CoWIPS map

Fish Kill/Algal Bloom Reporting

Use our online reporting form to report an algal bloom or fish kill in a waterbody.

Also, check out our Fish Kill and Algal Bloom Report Dashboard.

Interested in Recycling and Sustainable Waste Management?

Sustainable Waste Management in North Carolina



Interested in being a part of the NC Stream Watch Network?

Register your NC Stream Watch Group here! 

Want an additional layer of water education support?

Sign up for our Water Education Coffee Talks to join the water education conversation on the first Thursday of each month! Register here to receive the invite and link each month.

Questions? Reach out! 

Water Education Programs Coordinator