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We protect our water

Sweep up! Rake up! Pick up!

Adopt a Drain

We're making a difference! Join us!

3,457 lbs* debris collected
961 drains adopted
535 adopters

*Report your work so we can better track our impact!

About the Adopt-a-Drain program

Volunteer fifteen minutes, twice a month, for cleaner waterways and healthier communities. Storm drains flow directly to rivers, lakes, creeks, and the Puget Sound, acting as a conduit for trash and organic pollutants. Adopt-a-Drain asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution and help prevent localized flooding.

Sign up

Sign up online to adopt a drain in your neighborhood.

Keep your drain clear

Sweep leaves, trash and other debris off the drain surface year round.

Track your impact

Keep an estimated total of the debris you collect and enter it into your online account so we can gauge the cumulative results of our work.

We’ll mail a yard sign

Post a sign in your yard to inspire neighbors to join you in preventing water pollution.

How to clear a storm drain

Safety, tips, and equipment

Prevent runoff pollution

Four tips for everyday pollution prevention

Rain washes anything that’s on streets and paved surfaces down storm drains and into rivers, lakes, creeks, and the Puget Sound. Help keep our water clean!

Trash clogs drains and pipes causing flooding. Trash that enters storm drains flows to local waterways. Scoop it up and put it in the garbage

Dog poop carries harmful bacteria. Pick it up, bag it, and put it in the garbage.

Oil, grease, and soap grime washes into storm drains which flow unfiltered to local waterways. Keep chemicals off streets and sidewalks.

Pollutants like fertilizers and pesticides can harm our lakes and rivers. Leaves, grass, and yard waste add to the problem.

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