Opportunity Details

Volunteers Needed

Age Minimum (with Adult):15+, Minimum Age:18+

Storm Drain Adoptions

Help Mother Nature without leaving your neighborhood!
By adopting a nearby storm drain, you can help keep our waterways clean. Simply monitor for debris and remove between rainfalls— you’re among the first stewards of storm drains in the Southeast.
Here’s all you do:
•Visit our interactive drain adoption map at NashvilleH2o.org/adopt
•Choose your drain(s) with our locator tool
•Enter your contact information to start the information flow
•Follow our Adoption program outline to monitor your drain and record your weekly efforts (or more frequently if you choose).
Advanced technology!
Our GIS-enabled mapping software advances the way environmental fieldwork is managed. It allows you to choose location-specific storm drains and gutters to adopt based on where you work, live or play.
Then, with your smart phone, laptop or desktop computer, you can send information to us about debris you recovered, real-time conditions such as illegal dumping, potential for flooding, and stolen or vandalized grates. We’re converging science, data and technology to protect local water in ways Nashville has never done before.
For group adoptions, email Drains@NashvilleH2o.org
Pass any gutter or storm drain in Nashville and you’ll see things that shouldn’t be there. Plastic bottles, styrofoam cups, leafs and more. Nashville’s storm drains lead directly to rivers, creeks and streams, so trash in our community pollutes local waterways after each rain.
Now consider the muddy runoff from construction sites, chemical fertilizers, and small matter like cigarette butts. The E.P.A. says Nashville/Davidson County has nearly 300 linear miles of impaired waterway—one of the worst environmental classifications. But your chance to help is as close as the bottom of your driveway or the end of your street!
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