Adopt A Stream is an innovative program of
the Nova Scotia Salmon Association (NSSA) and is supported by the
Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and the federal
Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Adopt-A-Stream is a program that can be used
by community groups, schools, and youth groups to help improve living
conditions for fish in Nova Scotia. Although the term is "Adopt-A-Stream",
you are encouraged to adopt your watershed or, if that is too much
to start with any area in your community that you think needs some
care. You can adopt a lake, a pond, a large river, an estuary or
a marsh. All these water habitats are important for fish and many
other species of Nova Scotia wildlife.
For the purposes of this manual
we will refer to the program as "adopting a stream". Keep
in mind, however, that you can adopt any other place that you might
find fish. The main purpose of this program is to improve the quality
of fish and wildlife habitat in and around the waterways of Nova
This manual has been developed for ordinary Nova Scotians from
all walks of life. You don't need special knowledge about watercourses
and fish to become involved. We have tried to keep the material
easy to use and understand. This manual gives you the basic tools
and guidelines for "adopting" a stream or any other watercourse.