October 1 marked one year of Redmond’s Adopt-a-Drain program, which is a community based program that assists with keeping street drains clear of leaves and debris. The program also prevents localized flooding and protects streams and lakes from pollution.
Since Redmond’s inception of the program, 143 Redmond residents and businesses have signed up to adopt 233 storm drains in the city. Together, Redmond participants reported removing nearly 600 pounds of debris from their storm drains.
Twelve cities across the Puget Sound region have joined the regional effort; Over 750 individuals and businesses in the Puget Sound region have adopted their local storm drains since last October.
Those interested in the program can sign up online. Those who adopt a drain are asked to check the top of storm drain grates twice a month, and clear away leaves and debris, which can safely be done by using a dustpan, a broom, a bucket and gloves.
Redmond’s participation in the program is funded by Redmond’s Stormwater Utility funds. The city hopes to reach a goal of 300 participants by October of 2023.