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We protect our water

Sweep up! Rake up! Pick up!

Adopt a Drain

We're making a difference! Join us!

139,673 lbs debris collected
9,630 drains adopted
5,692 adopters

Actual totals are likely much higher!*

* (Due to ~30% reporting rate. Everyone, report your work!)

About the Adopt-a-Drain program

Volunteer fifteen minutes, twice a month, for cleaner waterways and healthier communities. Storm drains flow directly to local lakes, rivers, and wetlands, acting as a conduit for trash and organic pollutants. Adopt a Drain asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution.

Sign up

Sign up online to Adopt a Drain in your neighborhood.

Keep your drain clear

Sweep leaves, trash and other debris off the drain surface year round.

Track your impact

Keep an estimated total of the debris you collect and enter it into your online account so we can gauge the cumulative results of our work.

Lead by example

Let friends and neighbors know about your commitment and, if they ask, tell them about small things they can do at home to prevent water pollution.

How to clear a storm drain

Safety, tips, and equipment

Why Adopt a Drain?

Keep neighborhoods clean and protect local waterways

Everyone knows that trash is no good for lakes and rivers, but many people unwittingly contribute to water pollution because they do not understand that “natural” debris—leaves, grass clippings, fertilizer, road salt, and pet waste—becomes pollution when it hits the water. When these natural pollutants break down, they become food for algae, causing it to grow out of control. Here's how it works

Please don't feed the algae

Prevent runoff pollution

Four tips for everyday pollution prevention

Rain washes anything that’s on streets and paved surfaces down storm drains and into lakes and rivers. Help keep our water clean!

Dog poop carries harmful bacteria. Pick up after your pet.

Leaves, grass and dirt feed algae and turn lakes and rivers green. Keep them off streets and sidewalks.

Trash clogs drains and pipes, causing flooding. Put it in a garbage bin.

Salt is almost impossible to remove from waterways. Just one teaspoon pollutes five gallons of water forever. Use it sparingly. Sweep up and reuse extra. Use sand when temperatures fall below 15 degrees.

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