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–you decide–so you can volunteer when it is convenient for you.

Anyone can adopt a stormdrain!

  • Property and home owners
  • Businesses
  • Schools
  • Conservation organizations
  • Churches
  • Scouting programs
  • College students
  • Concerned citizens

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.
  2. Then simply do your best to clean debris like leaves and litter from its grate on an ongoing basis. (details below)
Help Keep the Huron Clean

Adopt a stormdrain to help the Huron!

If you are interested in adopting a particular stormdrain, you can find out its availability by submitting a Stormdrain Sign Up Form.

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

If this is your first time volunteering with HRWC, please fill out both of these forms:

Volunteer Sign up Form (first time HRWC volunteers only)

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.

Step 2: Get your Gear

Once you sign up, we’ll send you a kit with tools and equipment

  • Stormdrain marking/stenciling kit
  • Rake, shovel, dustpan
  • Trash bags
  • Gloves
  • Safety vest
  • Educational resources
  • An inspection checklist

Step 3: Label and Maintain

How to take care of your adopted storm drain:


  • Label storm drain 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.

Step 4: Let us Know

Report your Adoption! After you work on your stormdrain, tell HRWC that you did it.


For more information, email Jason at

Adoption of storm drains can really help your community as a whole. Keeping storm drains clear and clean keeps our water ways clear, our drinking water safe and our community cleaner as a whole.

Start the adoption process NOW!

Adopt-A-Stormdrain Further Resources

The following online forms are for use by Adopt-A-Stormdrain volunteers or program participants:
Basic Information Form (first time HRWC volunteers only) (online form)

Adopt-A-Stormdrain Sign Up Form (online form)

Adopt-A-Stormdrain Volunteer Release/Waiver (pdf, please print, sign and submit to HRWC prior to cleanup or event)

Adopt-A-Stormdrain Inspection Checklist (pdf to print and use at cleanup or event)

Adopt-A-Stormdrain Request for Supplies (pdf to print and submit prior to cleanup or event)

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