Each of our waterways is a lifestream. Fish and birds, as well as all other species of wild things living in and near our water environment, depend directly on the quality of the water in our estuaries, rivers, streams, bogs, and lakes for their very existence and well-being. Because these fresh watercourses are the prime feeding and nuturing sites for all water dependent species, their care and maintenance is of great importance. Some human activities in our region have damaged previously healthy watercourses in Nova Scotia.

Adopt-a-Stream is a program designed to help Nova Scotians who are interested in improving the quality of their surroundings for themselves and for wildlife. Here's how it works. Under the guidance of experienced and professional government biologists, ecologists and wildlife managers, interested community groups can assess, rebuild, enrich and maintain local water environments. A detailed, well illustrated and easy-to-read manual provides information about topics such as:

  • water and wildlife
  • laws and regulations
  • how to start and run a project
  • fundraising tips
  • how to organize community sessions
  • where to turn for help

Each Adopt-a-Stream group is linked to a network of volunteers throughout the province who share an interest in waterways and wildlife.

Who can adopt?

Anyone is eligible to sponsor an Adopt-a-Stream project. Youth groups, schools, service clubs, and senior citizens can work together and adopt a stream or waterway.

How to adopt

To learn more about the program or to register for a public information session, contact your local federal or provincial Department of Fisheries officer, or any of the offices listed below.

Fisheries & Oceans Canada
PO Box 550
Halifax, Nova Scotia
B3J 2S7

Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture
PO Box 700
Pictou, Nova Scotia
B0K 1H0

Amy Weston
c/o Nova Scotia Salmon Association
Phone: (902) 644-1276
Fax: (902) 644-1279
Email: Amy Weston