Adopt Your Neighborhood Storm Drain 

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Everything that happens within the boundaries of the City of Superior affects the health of Lake Superior. It’s important to not only do your part on your own property and neighborhood to reduce environmental risk to Lake Superior, but to encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same.

The biggest threat to Lake Superior is the storm drain system-or more accurately the huge volume of water that runs off our rooftops, driveways, patios, sidewalks, and roads into the storm drain system when it rains. This runoff washes trash, dirt, fertilizer, pesticides, road salt, dog poop, and other pollutants directly into the nearest waterway. Rain rushing down the storm drain system can turn the rivers and streams into raging torrents that scour the stream banks, and sends tons of sediment and pollution into Lake Superior.

The Adopt a Storm Drain Program is an effort to restore our area rivers and lakes by looking upstream to where their water comes from. Unfortunately our rivers and lakes are not pristine environments and much of their water comes directly from roads and sidewalks through storm drain pipes. Our Adopt a Storm Drain Program accepts this reality and works to clean waterways by keeping the storm drains that feed them free from litter, leaves, and debris. Keeping debris away from the storm drains also reduces the chance of flooding in yards and homes in your neighborhood. This program is designed to recruit residents, neighborhoods, businesses, community groups, and youth to take sustained action to keep storm drains clear and clean.

Volunteers will be provided with instructions to care for a storm drain or multiple drains on their street. Tasks include monitoring and removing debris from the storm drain(s) approximately once a week during the storm season. Hours will be tracked by the volunteer and submitted to the City after each clean-up or at the end of November.

By volunteering for the Adopt Your Neighborhood Storm Drain Campaign you help:

  • Prevent localized flooding in your neighborhood by keeping drains free of debris.
  • Protect fish & other wildlife by keeping pollutants from entering streams, rivers, and Lake Superior
  • Assist City staff & crews in maintaining the City's over 2,000 storm drains.

Register today to Adopt a Storm Drain by completing and sending in this registration form
Download a Storm Drain Inspection Form.
Download an Adopt-a-Drain brochure.


Megan Högfeldt
Water Resources Specialist 

51 E 1st St
Superior, WI 54880

Ph: (715) 394-0392 ext. 1033
Fx: (715) 394-0406


Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Sign-up to volunteer to keep your neighborhood drain clear.

Report your time as a volunteer in the Adopt-a-Drain program.