Adopt-a-Drain Fall Leaf Cleanup Week, Oct 26 - Nov 1

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Adopt-a-Drain Fall Leaf Cleanup Week, Oct 26 - Nov 1

The Adopt-a-Drain MN Fall Leaf Cleanup Week is taking place from Mon, Oct 26, to Sun, Nov, 1!
1. Adopt an available storm drain near you at if you haven’t already (or feel free to adopt more if you already have an adopted drain)

2. Gather the tools you'll need. These might include: gloves, rake, trash grabber, dustpan, safety vest, bins for separating waste, yard and/or trash bag

3. Collect and separate trash and recycling from the area around your adopted drain

4. Rake or sweep up leaves, sediment and sticks and place in compost or yard waste bag

5. Estimate and report the debris you collect from 10/26/2020-11/1/2020 and you’ll be entered to win a tote bag

6. (Optional, but greatly appreciated!) Take a before and after photo of your efforts and share it on your Facebook or Instagram and tag Adopt-a-Drain MN

About the Adopt-a-Storm-Drain Program

Adopt-a-Storm-Drain, a program aimed to protect area lakes, rivers, and wetlands, calls on residents in the seven-county Metro Area and Rochester to adopt a storm drain near them by committing to keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris.

The simple act of sweeping up around a storm drain protects local lakes and rivers by preventing pollution from entering the shared waterways, and collective action adds up. Keeping a storm drain clear requires about 15 minutes twice a month.

Adopt-a-Storm-Drain is the largest adopt-a-drain program in the country. There are more than 300,000 storm drains in the Metro area. Sign up to adopt a drain or find more info at

In Columbia Heights, there are 73 adopted drains out of 1719 total drains.