Adopting a stream helps ensure the long-term health and beauty of an adopted stream section. Adopt-A-Stream is open to groups and organizations that wish to maintain a section of their local stream on a regular basis. When a group or organization adopts a stream, an adoption sign is posted in recognition of their commitment.

Time commitment:

The minimum adoption period is one year. Adopters are required to organize at least two stream cleanup events each year. Stream cleanup events typically last 2 to 3 hours, depending on the size of the area and how many volunteers are participating.


The Stream Cleanup Coordinator can provide volunteers with trash bags, reflective vests, gloves, hand sanitizer, and grabbers. Water quality testing kits are also available for those interested in water quality monitoring. Each kit includes tests for temperature, turbidity, pH, and dissolved oxygen.


Adopters may perform stream cleanup activities at any time, but the Stream Cleanup Coordinator must be notified at least 2 weeks prior to a stream cleanup event.

What streams can be adopted?

Virtually any stream within the city limits can be adopted. If the stream does not run through a city park or public property, remember to get landowner permission before accessing the stream. Refer to the map for streams in greatest need of adoption, as well as current stream adoptions.

  • Currently Adopted
  • In Need of Adoption

Thank you to our volunteers!

Interested in adopting a stream?

Register Your Group or Organization

Or contact the Stream Cleanup Coordinator:

Erin Kubicek
City of Lincoln, Transportation and Utilities
Watershed Management Division
949 West Bond Street, Suite 200
Lincoln, NE 68521