Keep your stormdrains for rain only by removing leaves and other debris in the spring, summer, and fall months.
- Help us make Stormdrain Art! Friday, June 12, 6-8pm at the Ann Arbor Mayor’s Green Fair. Join us at the intersection of Liberty and Main to decorate the curbside connections to the Huron River. Ann Arbor artist David Zinn will lead the crowd in chalking four of our downtown stormdrain inlets into works of art. We provide the chalk, you bring the creativity!
- Volunteer with HRWC’s Adopt-A-Stormdrain program to help keep our lakes, rivers, and streams free of runoff pollution. Sign up now! The program will be limited to neighborhood streets having a speed limit of 25 mph or less.
What is the stormdrain connection?
We depend on stormdrains and sewers, drainage ditches and culverts to keep our streets from flooding during storms. Yet, these devices also direct polluted and untreated rainwater straight into our local waterways.
Over 50% of the pollution that impacts our water supply occurs when rains or snowmelts — called runoff — wash over land and carry contaminants from our everyday activities into the nearest waterway. Things like phosphorus in lawn fertilizers, pesticides, spilled household cleaners or auto fluids, pet waste, road salt, and more, qualify as pollutants.
Much of an urban stream’s water comes directly from roads and sidewalks. HRWC’s Adopt-A-Stormdrain program is an effort to restore urban and suburban streams by encouraging residents to act as river stewards, right in their own neighborhoods!
Why adopt a stormdrain?
Adopting a stormdrain benefits both the river and our local neighborhoods. You will help keep our communities litter-free and more attractive. You will also prevent garbage, leaves, and debris from entering our local waterways through our stormwater drainage systems.
Communities with residents who care for their stormdrains have reduced the occurrence of illegal dumping and prevent substances such as oil, grease, and car soap from entering our rivers.
What else can you do?
From disposing of prescription drugs through a ”take back” program or choosing phosphorus-free lawn fertilizer, to picking up pet waste or maintaining your septic system, there are many ways to make a difference. Here are a few of our favorites.