Clear Storm Drains to Protect Your Property and Our Water

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Storm Drain with Leaves

What is a storm drain?

The metal grates in the street that connects to piping that carries rain and snowmelt to nearby creeks, rivers, wetlands, or groundwater.
Regularly clearing your storm drains of leaves and debris helps reduce flooding and property damage while protecting watershed health and the quality of our drinking water. The Oregon Environmental Council and Clackamas Water Environment Services offer these tips:

  • Find the storm drain grates in front of your home or business and clear them of leaves and debris.
  • Use a rake or pitchfork to clear leaves, limbs, and debris from the storm drain. Do not try to remove the grate, only the debris on top of it. Dispose of leaves in your yard waste container or compost bin. Or spread the leaves on your garden to protect and nourish perennials
  • When leaves fall into the street, rake them at least one foot away from the curb so they won’t block the path of rain water. Please do not rake or blow leaves from your yard into the street.
  • Never dump anything into a storm drain. It’s against the law.