By the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Photo by Clean Water MN
We are inviting residents to participate in Adopt-a-Drain, a new metro-wide program aimed at keeping local lakes, streams, and wetlands clean. By adopting a storm drain at www.Adopt-a-Drain.org residents commit to keeping it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris, protecting local lakes and rivers from polluted stormwater runoff that flows off of our streets.
In addition to trash, road salt, and chemicals, organic debris like leaves and grass clippings also threaten the health of our waters. Decaying leaves and grass that wash into storm drains when it rains release nutrients into lakes and rivers that promote algae growth. With more than 300,000 storm drains in the Twin Cities metro area, that’s a lot of algae!
After creating an account at www.Adopt-a-Drain.org with their name and address, residents can claim one or more available storm drains. They will receive tips on how to be safe while cleaning the drains and they’ll get annual reports on how much pollution they and other participants have kept out of local lakes and streams.
For more information on how to adopt a drain, visit www.Adopt-a-Drain.org.
An electronic version of this article can be found on Minnehaha Creek Watershed District's website.