Creek Freaks Group
Since September 2003, the Creek Freaks, a Georgia Adopt-a-Stream team of middle and high school students, have met monthly at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park to monitor the health of Butler Creek. Each monitoring event is conducted in accordance with Georgia Adopt-a-Stream guidelines. Their data is submitted to Georgia Adopt-a-Stream’s online database.
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Biological monitoring: Quarterly, the Creek Freaks sample aquatic macroinvertebrates in Butler Creek, such as dragonflies, mayflies, scuds, shrimp, and clams to determine a water quality rating. A diverse group of macroinvertebrates from pollution-sensitive to pollution-tolerant organisms indicates a healthy creek habitat.
Bacterial monitoring: Every month, Creek Freaks collect water samples to test for the presence of E. coli bacteria. A large number of colony-forming E. coli units may indicate a sewage spill or a leaking sewer pipe, but could also be caused by a large beaver population upstream.
The goals of the Creek Freaks are to:
Creek Freak HistoryCreek Freaks was formed in September 2003 with a small group of students who wanted to make a difference in their local watershed. In September 2004, the Creek Freaks headed to Washington, D.C. to receive a Take Pride in America Youth Division Award presented by the United States Department of the Interior. The Creek Freaks traveled to Washington again in April 2006 to receive the EPA Region 4 Presidential
Environmental Youth Award presented by President George W. Bush.
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