(AREA) -- A nonprofit group dedicated to protecting the Clinton River in southeastern Michigan held a volunteer training session for its Adopt-A-Stream program. The Clinton River Watershed Council's Adopt-A-Stream program empowers community members to protect local streams and rivers by monitoring their health. Volunteers will be assigned to sites based on their preferences. They then will be supplied with the necessary equipment and sent out to gather information on physical characteristics and aquatic bug populations. Twice a year - in May and October - volunteer teams visit their adoption sites and collect data. The Clinton River watershed covers 760 square miles through four counties - Macomb, Oakland, Lapeer, and St. Clair.