St. Cloud Asking Residents To Adopt a Drain


St. Cloud Asking Residents To Adopt a DrainClick to Enlarge
Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

(KNSI) – St. Cloud has started an Adopt-a-Drain
program and is looking for people to sign up.

The program started on April 1st. There are more
than 10,000 storm drains in St. Cloud.

Noah Czech is the city’s Storm Water Compliance
Specialist and talked with KNSI News about what the program hopes to
accomplish.

“The goal of the Adopt-a-Drain program is
to really engage residents into protecting our area waterways by volunteering
to keep storm drains clear of sediment, trash, yard waste, and debris.”

You will get to name the storm drain that you
adopt.

He says the storm water in the city ultimately
flows to the Mississippi River, which is wear St. Cloud’s get its drinking
water.

He says during the COVID-19 crisis; it’s a good
reason to get outside.

“It’s really an opportunity for residents
to stay connected to their community. Become more educated in water quality and
make a difference. Get some much needed fresh air. And it’s something that can
be done to maintain social distancing measures.”

He says a volunteer should only need to clear
the drain once or twice a month, and it should take about five to ten minutes.

The city will give all volunteers a token of
their appreciation.

“Once city staff can safely do so, you’ll
get a welcome bag with a welcome letter and a yard sign that says that I’ve
adopted a drain to protect either the Mississippi River, the Sauk River, Lake
George, or another waterway.”

Czech says the program helps keep the city
looking nice, protects the environment, and helps prevent flash flooding during
heavy rainstorms.

To join the Adopt-a-Drain program, click here.





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