Adopt a Storm Drain and Protect Local Waterways

Join volunteers across the city and the Puget Sound region to keep your local storm drains clear of debris to reduce flooding and protect waterways.

Stormwater is rainwater that runs off our yards and streets and flows into storm drains or ditches, and then directly into the nearest body of water. In many cases, this water receives little to no treatment before it reaches our local waters. We can all do our part to protect and improve the quality of water in our local creeks, lakes, rivers, and wetlands through some relatively simple actions.

One of those actions is signing up to be part of the “Adopt-A-Drain” program. You can join volunteers across the city and the Puget Sound region to keep your local storm drains clear of debris to reduce flooding and protect waterways.

Burien joined the regional program in 2022. As of March 2023:

Our goal is to have at least 100 drains adopted by the end of 2023. Help us reach that goal! When you sign up for the program, you get to name your storm drain. Some creative names include Cold November Drain, No Drain No Gain, and Purple Drain!

Intern Madelyn Ulvin and Urban Forest Planner Josh Petter talk to community member at Burien Farmers Market.
Intern Madelyn Ulvin and Urban Forest Planner Josh Petter talk to a community member at Burien Farmers Market.

Learn more

The Adopt-A-Drain Program online tool lets you adopt a storm drain in your neighborhood. For questions about the program, email environment@burienwa.gov.

Shout out to University of Washington intern Madelyn Ulvin who worked with our staff to help promote the program. Watch a video of her capstone symposium.

Madelyn Ulvin – Autumn 2022 Capstone Symposium (UW Program on the Environment)
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