Try something new: Adopt your Storm Drain

Friday, September 30, 2011

By Lauren Broudy 
Community Volunteer Coordinator
City of Lake Forest Park

Wet weather is upon us, and you may be thinking to yourself: but what can I do to help reduce water flows in my neighborhood? The solution is simple: adopt your storm drain.

This program, spearheaded by volunteer members of Lake Forest Park’s Environmental Quality Commission, aims to connect residents to their water bodies, by helping them realize that anything they do at home—whether it is from their cars, gardens, or houses—directly affects their local streams and lake.

If you don’t have a storm drain outside your house, do not fret: the program also allows for adopting your street’s culvert (enclosed drains used to channel water) or open swale (dedicated area that allows for natural drainage). The requirements are simple: keep an eye on your storm drain, remove trash or excess debris if you see it blocking flows, and be aware if you see any odd substances or discharges going down the drain.

Your role is more of a stewardship commitment than a daily duty so it’s a great way to help out your community without dedicating routine time every single day. 

According to the City’s Environmental Programs Manager, “adopt a drain is a great program because it allows residents to help their environment in their own way on their own time.”

If you’re interested in participating in the program, please download the agreement form on the City website. You can also obtain a copy by calling the City of Lake Forest Park’s main line: (206) 368-5440.

Really interested in stormwater and water quality? Take the City’s quiz to test your savvy! Results will be posted to the City site in mid-October.


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