Adopt a storm drain
Become a water champion in your neighbourhood and adopt a storm drain near you! Residential neighbourhoods are prone to blocked storm drains due to leaves, gravel, litter and other materials. If this debris is not removed before spring melt or heavy rainfall the flow of water can be restricted and cause flooding. Also, as the water flows into the storm drain it takes this debris along with it, making its way to the local stormwater pond and eventually the North Saskatchewan River. Adopting a storm drain is a great way to protect your local stormwater ecosystem and keep your neighbourhood clean and free of debris.
How to adopt a storm drain:
- Watch the Adopt a Storm Drain Safety Video below and read the guidelines and safety tips.
- Find a storm drain to adopt on the interactive map.
- Choose your desired storm drain.
- Provide name and email contact
- Give your storm drain a name
- Choose desired adoption time (1,2 or 5 years) – after this time, the storm drain will become available on the interactive map for others to adopt
- Adopt your storm drain!
How do I care for my storm drain?
Caring for your storm drain is quite simple! The best time to check on your storm drain is before and after a heavy rainfall, before the snow melts and in the fall when the trees lose their leaves. Check to make sure that your storm drain is clean and free of debris.
If the storm drain is blocked, use a rake, broom and dustpan or shovel to push the leaves and other debris away from the storm drain grate. Try your best to keep the debris from falling down the storm drain. Once your storm drain is cleaned, the water can flow freely to the stormwater pond.
If you cannot clean the storm drain because it is unsafe, already flooded, frozen, or for any other reason please call Strathcona County Utilities at 780-467-7785. Your safety is very important to us! Please remember to follow the safety guidelines outlined in the video above.
Questions about adopting a storm drain
1. How often should I check in on my storm drain?Permanent link to How often should I check in on my storm drain?
Check in on your storm drain frequently. The best time to visit your storm drain is before and after heavy rainfall and in the fall when the trees start to lose their leaves.
2. What should I do if my storm drain is blocked?Permanent link to What should I do if my storm drain is blocked?
If you see that your storm drain is blocked, use a long handed rake, broom and dustpan or shovel to push leaves and debris away from the curb and storm drain grate. This will allow the water to drain into the storm drain and prevent flooding. Place organic matter into your green organics cart, and any other non-organic materials into your black waste cart.
Avoid pushing leaves and debris into the storm drain, onto the sidewalk, or further into the street.
Do not attempt to lift or remove the grate from the storm drain – this is very unsafe and could cause injury.
If the area does not drain after cleaning the storm drain, please report the issue to Strathcona County Utilities at 780-467-7785 and utilities staff will respond to the problem.
Can I name my storm drain?
Absolutely! You can name your storm drain whatever you’d like. However, we want this to be a program where everyone feels comfortable participating, so inappropriate names will be removed.
Can I adopt more than one storm drain?
You can adopt as many storm drains as you wish, just don’t take on more than you can handle. Make sure you take on only as many as you can care for!
Why should I adopt a storm drain?
Adopting a storm drain is a great opportunity to give back to your community and take pride in knowing that you are helping protect your local watershed!
- Helping protect public and private property from street flooding.
- Helping protect water quality by keep leaves and other debris out of storm drains that flow directly to local stormwater ponds, and eventually the North Saskatchewan River.
- Connecting with your neighbours
- Providing a fun way to involve children in giving back to the community.
6. Why is organic matter harmful to stormwater ecosystems?Permanent link to Why is organic matter harmful to stormwater ecosystems?
Increased organic matter in stormwater ponds means an increase in nutrients. More nutrients can lead to an increase in algae and aquatic weeds which is harmful to the aquatic life in the pond.
7. How can I add another storm drain or remove one I've already adopted?Permanent link to How can I add another storm drain or remove one I've already adopted?
If you would like to adopt additional storm drains, use the Adopt a Storm Drain interactive map to add one or more storm drains to your existing adoption. Be sure to enter the email address you originally provided, and the new storm drains will be added to your profile. You will receive a new confirmation email showing all the storm drains associated with your profile.
To remove a single storm drain from your adoption, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org specifying the Asset ID (or name) of the storm drain that you wish to remove. The storm drain will be made available for others to adopt.
Guidelines and Safety Tips
- Only those storm drains that are a safe distance from busy roads are available for adoption. Any storm drains not appearing in the map cannot be safely adopted.
- Use caution and be aware of traffic in the area when cleaning a storm drain.
- Do not attempt to remove the grate from the storm drain. If you cannot clean the storm drain yourself for any reason, contact Strathcona County Utilities at 780-467-7785.
- The best time to monitor and clean a storm drain is before heavy rain or snow, and in the fall when the trees lose their leaves.
- To clean a storm drain you will need gloves, a broom and dustpan, and maybe a shovel or rake. Stand on the curb and use your tools to remove debris away from the storm drain. Place the organic matter in your green organics cart and any garbage materials in your black cart for proper disposal.
- Storm drain(s) will be adopted for the period of time selected during sign up (1, 2 or 5 years). After this time the storm drain will become available for others to adopt.
- You can change or cancel your adoption at any time.
- If you have any questions about the program, please contact email@example.com or 780-467-7785.