Keep your stormdrains clear by removing leaves and other debris in the spring, summer, and fall months.

We depend on stormdrains and sewers, drainage ditches and culverts to keep our streets from flooding during storms. Yet, these devices also direct trash and polluted, untreated rainwater straight into our rivers and streams.

Volunteer with HRWC’s Adopt-A-Stormdrain program to help keep our lakes, rivers, and streams free of runoff pollution. (Safety first! The program will be limited to neighborhood  streets having a speed limit of 25 mph or less.)

What is the stormdrain connection?

Over 50% of the pollution that impacts our water supply occurs when runoff from rain or melting snow washes over land and carries 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?Ann Arbor Mayor's Green Fair 2013

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.

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