Adopt a drain
Join others in the nation’s largest Adopt a Drain program.
Adopt a Drain
Adopt a drain is a program that invites residents to adopt a storm drain and commit to keeping it clear of leaves, trash and other debris. Keeping storm drains clean prevents pollution in our lakes and creeks.
The program’s beginning
The program was piloted in a few cities in 2017 and 2018. The program was rolled out for the entire 7 county metro area during this 2019 summer. You can read more about the launch of this program at Clean Water MN. The impacts have been huge! In 2018 alone participants prevented more than 35,562 pounds of debris from washing down storm drains and into lakes and rivers, just be sweeping up around the drains.
Clean storm drains help lakes
Rain washes anything that’s on streets and paved surfaces down storm drains and into lakes and rivers. Many people do not know 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.
More volunteers are needed. There are more than 300,000 storm drains in the metro area.
To sign up visit https://www.adopt-a-drain.org/. Plug in your location to search for adoptable storm drains near you. Select one and fill out the sign-up form. When residents sign up for the program, they’ll receive an e-mail with instructions on how to safely clear storm drains, dispose of the debris, and report the amount of debris they collect.