IF IT'S NOT RAIN, IT DOESN'T BELONG IN THE DRAIN!

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After a storm, rainwater carries dirt and debris from our lawns, sidewalks, driveways, and streets - straight into our storm drains. This is known as stormwater pollution

What is Stormwater pollution?

Rain or melting snow wash soil, litter, pet waste, fertilizer, and lawn clippings off the pavement and into your storm drain. When the storm drain empties into lakes and streams, these materials become pollutants that can kill fish, close beaches, and increase weed and algae growth. For more information, visit our page on Stormwater Pollution.

What can be done to prevent it?

The most effective way to reduce stormwater pollution is to stop it from entering the system in the first place.

Everyone can make a difference just by picking up after their dogs, keeping leaves and other yard waste out of the street, using less lawn fertilizer and chemicals, attending to car leaks, and throwing away litter. 

 
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Do your part to prevent water pollution and Adopt-A-Storm Drain today!

What is Adopt-A-Storm drain?

The Adopt-A-Storm Drain program is an opportunity for individuals in Southeastern Wisconsin to prevent water pollution right from their homes. Even if you don't live near a creek, river, or lake, that doesn't mean you don't have a direct impact on the health of those waterways. Adopt a drain today and prevent pollution from getting into our water!

How do I adopt a
drain?

It's easy! Adopting a drain doesn't require a formal agreement or a list of requirements - we won't even send you anything! By adopting a drain, you agree to prevent pollution from reaching storm drains by keeping the area around drains free from debris and by following our simple tips. Simply provide the location of the storm drain with an approximate address and we will add your drain's location to the map below!

 

SNIFF OUT ADOPTED DRAINS NEAR YOU!

Interested in adopting a storm drain? Send the approximate location of the drain to info@respectourwaters.org and we will update our map!