Dakota County Environmental Resources

Water Resources - Adopt-a-Drain Volunteers


Storm drains flow directly to local lakes, rivers, and wetlands, acting as a conduit for trash and organic pollutants. The Adopt-a-Drain program asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution. Volunteer fifteen minutes, twice a month, for cleaner waterways and healthier communities.


How It Works

  1. Sign up online to Adopt a Drain in your neighborhood.
  2. Sweep leaves, trash and other debris off the drain surface year-round.
  3. Keep an estimated total of the debris you collect and enter it into your online account so we can gauge the cumulative results of our work.
  4. Let friends and neighbors know about your commitment and, if they ask, tell them about small things they can do at home to prevent water pollution.

Adopting a storm drain is one of the simplest and most direct ways to help protect water quality in your community. To get started, visit www.adopt-a-drain.org to find the closet drain in your neighborhood to adopt.



Brita Moore-Kutz (she/her) | Communications & Outreach Specialist

Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization

Dakota County Extension & Conservation Center

4100 220th St W #103

Farmington, MN 55024

O: 952.891.7967 | C: 651.308.2435





Qualifications Required

  • Accepted Data Privacy Notice - Tennessen Notice Must be Yes
  • Signed Volunteer Waiver Must be at least Yes