About this Program

Adopt a Drain is intended to help pair city residents with the opportunity for better pollution management in their communities through:


By providing a platform where residents can volunteer to help keep storm drains and their accompanying curbsides clean, we hope to establish a community action framework that better meets the long-term water quality goals and standards that maintain our regions remarkable waterways. 


In establishing this program, we aim to provide greater awareness on the influence storm water has on local and downstream water features. By providing both information and resources, we believe greater attention will be given to the importance of runoff and facilitate the connection it has with us long after it goes down the drain. 

Why Storm Water Matters?

Water Temperature

Water traveling across the pavement collects a lot of built up heat, and carries it to where ever it ends up. This increase reduces suitability for aquatic life and diminishes stream health.


Runoff readily transports easily lifted particles of sediment suspending them in the water. This increases turbidity and reduces the ability for light to pass while also clogging the breathing features of aquatic life.


Pathogens and bacteria (like E.Coli) that are found in animal droppings are washed into waterways and make for unsafe conditions both for wildlife and people.


Water acts as a solvent across urban landscapes picking up wide varieties of grime, oils, synthetics, and soluble substances. These substances disrupt the chemical, nutrient, and biological balances that make a healthy waterway and persist for long stretches of time. 


Storm water washes our roadways of de-icing salt and into our nearby environments. Increases in salt ruin suitability for our aquatic life and persist indefinitely when dissolved in water.


Plant litter and similar organic debris adds to much nutrients to our waterways when it washes down drains. This can cause blooms of algae and similar flora that deplete dissolved oxygen and kill aquatic life.

Step One: Review

Please review our Guidelines & Terms of Service Agreement provided below before proceeding

Guidelines and Terms of Service Agreement (pdf)


Step Two: Explore

Choose a Drain!


This interactive map allows users to see where drains are and which have been claimed for adoption. We hope that this will make finding and deciding on a drain an easier task. Further, we hope the additional information about watersheds, details in drainage, and the locations of outlets and piping provide users a better understanding of their storm runoff.

Step Three: Sign up


Click the button below to complete our online sign up and become a volunteer within our program!

Step Four: Learn and Apply

Review our Instructions and Tips document to find out how to effectively clean your drain, what tools are needed, and when to come back. 

Instructions and Tips (pdf)


Thank you for Joining and Welcome to our Volunteer Network!

Have Feedback?


Let us know any questions, concerns, or suggestions you have about the program or its parts by contacting Chris Gass at:

chris.gass@carltonswcd.org or 218-384-3891 ext 5