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National Stormwater Day Program Spotlight: Adopt a Drain

Celebrate National Stormwater Day by Adopting a Drain and Preserving Our Waterways!

We’ve all witnessed the impact of storm drains clogged with dry leaves—flooding that disrupts our neighborhoods. Yet, the importance of keeping these drains clear extends beyond flood prevention. Stormwater carries pollutants like copper, zinc, nickel, chromium, and cancer-causing compounds from exhaust, posing threats to our water bodies, including the Duwamish River and Puget Sound.

While Seattle’s arterial streets receive regular attention through the Clean Street Partnership by SPU and SDOT, neighborhood streets often go unnoticed due to their smaller size and parked cars. Enter the Adopt a Drain program—an opportunity for community members to take action. This program invites residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood, committing to keeping it free of debris year-round.

Launched in October 2021, the Adopt a Drain program boasts 1329 volunteers across 17 cities, including Seattle. These dedicated individuals have adopted 2,245 drains, collecting an impressive 16,077 pounds of debris. In Seattle alone, 408 volunteers have stepped up to adopt 712 drains, but with over 20,000 drains in the city, many more await adoption. 

 How Can You Help? It’s Easy! 

  • Visit Adopt-a-Drain – Washington and use your address to identify unadopted drains in your area.
  • Create an account, claim your storm drain, and give it a fun name like ‘Shania Drain’ or ‘Drainco Malfoy’.
  • Receive tips on safe clean-up and a welcome packet with a customized sign for your waterway.
  • If you’re in Seattle, SPU provides free tools and supplies, including a safety vest, a trash grabber, clean-up claws, and gloves.

Adopting a storm drain is a simple yet impactful way to contribute to the health of our water bodies. With 21,000 drains in Seattle alone, every volunteer makes a difference. Sign up today and invest a small amount of time to help preserve the beauty of our waterways. Let’s make National Stormwater Day a day of action for cleaner, healthier communities!