4. Pick Up Your Adopt-A-Drain Kit
A supply kit with basic supplies to help care for your storm drain will be reserved for you and available for pick up at 2145 Suttle Avenue in our volunteer supply shelter. Supplies include gloves, trash bags, and orange vests. If your drain(s) are not already marked, we will also include storm drain marking supplies for you to mark your drain. Email the contact on this page to arrange for pick-up.
5. Monitor and Clean Your Drain
Once a month you should check on your drain and ensure that it is clear of debris and trash. You can monitor the storm drain for any pollutants, damage, or odors and report these issues to CMSWS by calling 3-1-1. Additionally, reminders will be sent out by Storm Water Services before forecasted heavy rains so that volunteers can ensure the storm drain(s) are free of debris so rain can quickly enter the drain.
6. Be Safe
Remember to watch the weather and ALWAYS BE CAUTIOUS and SAFE. Please review the part of your contract labeled “Safety Rules and Guidelines for Volunteers.” Cleaning storm drains can be a dangerous activity because many of them are in close proximity to roads and traffic.
7. Send Us Your Data
After you clean a storm drain, send us your data within 24 hours. This will include the amount of trash collected, types of trash and other pollutants, etc. You can send us data by filling out the
Adopt-A-Drain Data Sheet or complete ouronline form! Please access this form using the latest versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, or Microsoft Edge. This data sheet also helps us track program participation and monitor the most severe pollutants.
8. Share your experience
Feel free to share your experience on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account (@StormWaterCM). Direct any concern to the contact below on ways we can improve. Invite your friends to join this clean water initiative!
To learn more about what you will be doing when adopting a storm drain, check out our interactive
storymap. This storymap works best when opened in Google Chrome.