Volunteer Cleanup Programs

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City government, local businesses and residents can work together to protect our water resources.

To complement environmental education in the community and to empower residents to make a difference, two volunteer programs were created. The Adopt-a-Stream and drain marker programs encourage residents to get involved.

Both programs are accepting new applicants, but only a limited number for the drain marker program due to the large number of drains already labeled.


Adopt-A-Stream Program

adoptastreamWhat Can Adopt-a-Stream Achieve?
Improve water quality and stream habitat Increase reporting of water quality problems Increase community involvement Develop watershed-based environmental education

Who Can Adopt-a-Stream?
Anyone can adopt a stream. Families, neighborhoods, organizations, businesses, civic groups, churches, schools, and youth groups have all adopted streams in Greensboro.

What Will Your Adopt-a-Stream Group Do?
Your group will be responsible for facilitating a stream cleanup at least twice a year for a minimum of two years. The City will place a sign bearing your group's name along the road by your adopted stream segment.

If you would like more information about how you or your group can participate in the Adopt-A-Stream Program download this application or call 336-373-4762.


Drain Marker Program
drainmarkerYou can help preserve Greensboro's limited water resources by participating in the drain marker program. Volunteers in the program glue small signs that read "Don't Dump -- Drains to Lakes and Creeks" to storm drain covers. Greensboro's storm drains lead directly to our lakes and streams. Harmful pollutants enter storm drains and affect aquatic life in our streams. Many of these streams eventually drain into water supply lakes.

The Stormwater Management Division provides all the supplies, as well as a training video for this fun and easy project that has lasting value. Volunteers are also given plenty of fish-shaped door hanger brochures to hand out in their project areas, to explain the drain marker program to others.

If you would like more information about how you or your group can participate in the drain marker program download this application or call 336-373-4762.

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