Cobb County Government
Watershed Stewardship Program
Connecting Community to Local Ecology 

Bacteria Monitoring

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Through a partnership with Georgia Adopt-A-Stream, Cobb County Watershed Stewardship offers the training and tools to be a bacteria monitoring volunteer.  Bacteria are microscopic, single-celled organisms that are the most numerous organisms on earth. E. coli bacteria are good indicator organisms of fecal contamination because they are associated with human waste and are less risky to culture in a laboratory than pathogens.  Bacteria monitoring volunteers will be given the tools and training necessary to analyze the presence of E. coli bacteria in their local streams.

Citizens interested in bacteria monitoring are required to attend a certification workshop, as well as adopt their waterway site. Bacteria monitoring is done once per month and requires a one year commitment.