Take care of your neighborhood and the river at the same time

Adopting a stormdrain is one of many ways you can help keep the Huron River clean and prevent flooding in your neighborhood streets! It’s simple and can be done as a group or as an individual. There are no strict timelines so you can volunteer whenever it is convenient for you.

Anyone or any group can adopt a stormdrain!
Homeowners and renters Businesses Schools Conservation organizations
Churches Scouting programs College students Neighborhood groups

When you adopt a stormdrain you will

  1. Label it with a stormdrain marker, alerting others that it sends runoff directly to our local waterways–no filters, no treatment.

    This stormdrain needs you!
  2. Then simply do your best to clean debris like leaves and litter from its grate on an ongoing basis. (details below)

We care about your safety so this program is limited to neighborhood streets with speed limits of 25mph.

Stormdrains need the most maintaining during spring and autumn but you can sign up anytime!


Step 1: Sign up

Adopt-A-Stormdrain Sign Up Form

If you have previously volunteered for any HRWC programs, please fill out the Adopt-A -Stormdrain Sign Up Form only.
  • Volunteer NameVolunteer Age 
    Please provide names and ages of the volunteers.
    Click "⊕" to add additional volunteers.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Stormdrain education is a great group volunteer event and team building exercise. Your school group, family, company, scout troop, or religious group can label stormdrains and deliver educational fliers to homeowners in most neighborhoods. Email us here to set up your group. You chose a neighborhood, set an event date, and get your gear. HRWC will provide stomrdrain labels, adhesive, door fliers, and safety vests.

Step 2: Get Your Gear

Once you sign up, pick up or coordinate receiving your equipment

  • Stormdrain labels
  • Adhesive
  • Safety vest
  • Flyers

Step 3: Label and Maintain

no dumpingHow to take care of your adopted stormdrain

  • Label stormdrain clearly with inlet marker or stencil provided to you (when it is not snowing or raining and the temperature is above 40 degrees F).
  • Remove and dispose of leaves and garbage from the drain opening weekly (April through December).
  • Leaves and sticks can be composted or bagged for pick-up by your community compost program.
  • Recyclables and garbage should be disposed of through your recycling and garbage collection programs.
  • Call respective authorities to report problems with drain if drain appears clogged, broken, or not working in any other way.
  • Call 800-922-4706 if there is: waste, pollution, or illegal dumping.

Take care that you DO NOT:

  • Remove the grate from the drain opening.
  • Remove dead animals. Instead call animal control.
  • Remove hazardous materials like syringes. Call 9-1-1 to notify.
  • Leave bags with raked leaves near the drain.