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 Adopt-a-Drain Program

Why Clean Storm Drains?

Clean Storm Drains prevent flooding, improve traffic flow, and maintain pedestrian access, especially for children and the elderly. 

Clean Storm Drains improve the water quality of the Bay.    

The City relies on Volunteers to help keep our Storm Drains clear.    

 Students Adopt-a-Drain

Berkeley Students Partner with the City to Clean Storm Drains       

To Adopt a Drain Please:   Sign and submit a Liability Release form, (see below,) and submit your signed form to:     

Jaime Valencia
Public Works Streets & Utilities
1326 Allston Way, Building C
Berkeley, CA 94702
Ph:  510-981-6669  Email:

You may submit your signed Release Form in person or by mail to the address above or by email to:

City staff will contact you regarding orientation and training, and to provide you with an Adopt-a-Drain "Start Up Kit."

Download release form (.pdf format) 

Documents in .pdf format require Acrobat Reader for viewing.  Download a free copy from Adobe's website OR call (510) 981-6620 to have a copy mailed to you. 


Recommended Materials for Maintaining Storm Drains:

  • Gloves
  • Rake and/or Scoop
  • Trash Bags
  • Safety Vest 

Please follow these instructions and safety tips before cleaning your drain 

DO Check and clear the Drain periodically and especially before a storm. 

DO NOT remove the grate from the storm drain opening as this does not unclog the system and will instead create a hazard for everyone.

DO  Use a rake to remove leaves, trash, and debris from the storm drain opening and gutter. 

DO Place the material removed into the Trash Bags provided- DO NOT leave it piled up near the drain.

DO Place the filled Trash Bags at the curb for Pick Up taking care not to block wheelchair ramps, crosswalks, driveways, or sidewalk passage.  Use caution when lifting heavy bags.

DO Call (510) 981-6620 for Trash Bag Pickup or to request more Bags. 

DO Wear your the Safety Vest provided or brightly colored clothing so that you are visible to vehicle traffic.  Work from the curb or sidewalk if possible. 

DO NOT Touch or attempt to remove hazardous materials such as syringes. 

TO Report hazardous materials Call:  (510) 981-6620.  

TO Report a dead animal in the drain Call:  (510) 981-6600.

FOR Questions, Problems, or More Information about the Adopt-a-Drain Program Call:  (510) 981-6620 Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.



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