Adopt-A-Stream program

The Adopt-A-Stream program is a citizen-based program intended to protect the health of our local waterways. In the City of Ellensburg, there are more than 12 miles of stream and nearly 50 mapped stream crossings. These urban streams are also home to salmon, steelhead and trout. Keeping the City of Ellensburg’s streams healthy is a task that requires cooperation and participation from governments, industry, businesses, and residents alike. The goal of the Adopt-A-Stream program is to inspire community members and businesses to become stewards of our local streams.

Adopting a stream is a great program for youth groups, including church, school
and scout groups, and also for adult groups such as neighborhood associations, civic organizations and businesses.


Central Washington University volunteers remove a shopping cart from East Branch Wilson Creek during a stream clean-up.

How the Adopt-A-Stream Program Works
There is a level of commitment involved with adopting a stream and you will get your hands a little dirty and your feet a little wet, but this is all part of the fun! By adopting a segment of stream, your group is committing to conducting a minimum of two stream clean-ups per year (spring and fall are recommended). Mid-Columbia Fisheries can provide the necessary tools for stream clean-up events: gloves, trash pokers, garbage bags, garbage disposal, light refreshments and water.

When a group commits to adopting a portion of stream, a Certificate of Adoption will be issued. After one successful year, an aluminum Adopt-A-Stream sign with your group’s name will be placed in a visible location at or near the adopted stream segment.

Interested in adopting a stream? There are reaches of Whiskey, Mercer and Wilson Creeks that still need adopted! Click here to send us an email or call our office at (509) 925-3474.


Central Washington University volunteers removed over 500 pounds of trash from East Branch Wilson Creek and the riparian area in two hours.