REDMOND, WA – Oct. 1 marks the one-year anniversary of Redmond’s Adopt-a-Drain program. The community-based program has successfully helped keep street drains clear of leaves and debris, preventing localized flooding and protecting streams and lakes from pollution for the benefit of residents and wildlife.
Since its inception, 143 Redmond residents and businesses have signed up to adopt 233 drains in Redmond. Together, Redmond participants have reported removing nearly 600 pounds of debris from their storm drain grates.
Adopting a storm drain is easy. Residents sign up online to adopt a drain and are asked to check the top of storm drain grates twice a month and take a few minutes to clear away leaves and debris. Cleaning can be safely accomplished with a dustpan, broom, bucket, and gloves.
Adopt-a-Drain is a regional effort. To date, 12 cities across Puget Sound have joined. More than 750 individuals and businesses around Puget Sound have adopted their local storm drains since last October.
To sign up or learn more about Adopt-a-Drain, visit wa.adopt-a-drain.org, and help Redmond reach its goal of 300 participants by October 2023.
Redmond Stormwater Utility funds support the City’s participation in the Adopt-a-Drain program and cares for the more than 10,000 storm drains in Redmond.
Jill E. Smith, Communications Manager