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Posted on: March 1, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Adopt-A-Drain Dispatch


Adopt-A-Drain Dispatch

March 2022 - May 2022



This quarterly newsletter is to keep you informed about program updates and to celebrate the successes of this program. Do you have a success or story to share? Please submit photos and stories to to help make this newsletter great. The program currently has 136 participants that have adopted 299 drains. Be sure to check the website to see the dashboard with up to the minute statistics. You are making a difference!


*** New Recognition Program! ***


Many of you have received an Adopt A Drain window cling for your efforts last year. This is part of new recognition program that we are kicking off with several levels of recognition.

  • Level 1 receives a window cling for any number of drain cleanings the first year
  • Level 2 receives an invitation to an appreciation picnic for a minimum of 12 drain cleanings logged during the year.
  • Level 3 receives an Adopt A Drain t-shirt for 5 years of service with a minimum of 12 cleaning per year
  • Level 4 gets your name engraved on our Adopt a Drain Hall of Fame plaque to be displayed at the Waukesha County Courthouse for 10 years of service with a minimum of 12 cleanings logged per year.

We know that you don't do this for fame and glory. That's good, because we can't really offer that! But we can offer a few ways of showing how much we appreciate your efforts. Be sure to log your cleanings so they will count towards our recognition. If you don't log it, we don't have a record of it!


Our first ever appreciation picnic will happen next summer, so 2022 will be the year we will pull our invitation list from. Can't wait to see you there!



Volunteer Spotlight:

Rachel O'Malley joined the program in August of 2020 adopting 7 drains. Since that time she has completed 266 drain cleanings! Rachel says, "I enjoy cleaning the drains because it helps keep the waterways and my neighborhood clean!" Thank you Rachel! 


If you would like to share your enthusiasm for this project, send a photo and caption to be in the spotlight in a future edition to email.  


Helpful Hints for Spring!

  1. Log your cleaning --even if you didn't remove anything.
  2. Go prepared for an entire winter of dirty muck to be waiting for you.
  3. Check for pet waste near your drain. Snow melts uncovers a lot.
  4. Check the forecast and try to get out before rain events.


What's in a Name?

We love all of the clever names being bestowed upon our storm drains. Here we would like to introduce you to a few of our favorites.

Our next call out goes to Anamarie for "Drain U Very Much". This drain will be draining much better with Anamarie's care. Anamarie's other fun names include "Dr. Ain" and "The Drainator". Thank you Anamarie!




Pollution Highlight: Pet Waste


We all look forward to spring--fresh air, green grass....and piles of pet waste! As the snow melts away, it reveals a whole winter of pet piles left behind.


Pet waste is a source of nutrients, bacteria and potentially other harmful diseases like cryptospiridium in our water. Nutrients help feed excessive weed and algae growth in our waters. Research has found that dog waste is exponentially higher in bacteria than other wild animal wastes. Bacteria in our waters can make water unsafe for recreation with the danger of getting sick.


While you are cleaning your drain, take a moment to look around for any piles of pet waste that might be lingering nearby. Our waters will thank you for cleaning those up too while you are at it. Thank you!





For a comprehensive list of Environmental Education programs offered by Waukesha County, visit Our school guide and our public guides are both here...there's something for everyone!




Land Resources Division

515 W. Moreland Blvd. AC260

Waukesha, WI 53188

(262) 896-8300


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