Adopt a Drain

Family cleans out stormdrainStarting this summer, you can participate in the nation’s largest Adopt A Drain program. Residents in the seven-county metro area and Rochester are invited to “adopt” a storm drain by committing to keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris. Sweeping up around a storm drain protects local lakes and rivers by preventing pollution from entering our lakes and creeks.

Sign up here: adopt-a-drain.org

The Adopt-a-Storm-Drain program began in Saint Paul in 2014 with support from the City of Saint Paul and the Capitol Region Watershed District and has since been piloted in other cities. All told, more than 3,000 residents in pilot cities have adopted 5,401 drains to date. In 2018, residents prevented more than 35,562 pounds of debris from washing down storm drains and into lakes and rivers just by sweeping up around storm drains.

In order to protect the lakes, rivers, and streams that Minnesotans call home, we need all hands on deck. There are more than 300,000 storm drains in the metro area, and every last one of them flows into a local waterway. Adopt-a-Storm-Drain is the largest adopt-a-drain program in the country, and you can be a part of the change. Sign up at Adopt-a-Drain.org today.

You can read more about the launch of this program at Clean Water MN.