The City of St. Pete Beach recognizes the role of the community in protecting its waterways. The island community is completely surrounded by water and the drains along the roadways lead directly to the Gulf or intercoastal waters. Modeled from the Pinellas County Adopt-A-Drain Program, the newly launched Adopt-A-Drain Program is organized and managed by the City of St. Pete Beach staff. This program is timely as the rainy season is fast approaching.
The Adopt-A-Drain program partners with residents to reduce the possibility of flooding by ensuring storm drains are free and clear of debris. It aims to improve the ability of the drain to move storm water, and protect our wildlife. In addition, the program helps prevent pollution by reporting illegal discharges that can impact water quality.
Requirements to Participate in the Adopt-A-Drain Program
- You should agree to maintain your adopted storm drain(s) for at least one full year.
- Your adopted storm drain must be approved by the Adopt-A-Drain coordinator.
- Have groups that consist of at least one adult.
- Fill out the interest form on our website.
- Complete an educational and safety training (online video).
- Perform at least 12 cleanups a year at your adopted area. Ideally, the bulk of these should be during the rainy season May-October.
- Inform the City when you perform your cleanups by submitting a short form.
- Dispose of all trash and debris properly.
What support can I expect from the City of St. Pete Beach?
- Your cleanup and safety supplies will be provided.
- There will be a provided orientation and education information.
- City will send email and/or text notifications prior to storm events (if desired).
- Coordinated permission and access with local governments.
- Efforts promoted via social media (if permissions given).
How to Join the Program?
Follow the following steps:
- Fill out and submit the Adopt-A-Drain interest form.
- Watch the Adopt-A-Drain introduction video. More information will be provided after the interest form has been submitted.
- Sign the volunteer waiver and commitment form. These will be sent to you after the completion of training course.
- Bring your waiver and course certificate to the Public Works office and pick up your Adopt-A-Drain kit. The kit includes:
- safety vest
- garden bag
- traffic cones
- Care for your drain!
- Preferably, clear the drain before the rain starts.
- Clear about 10 feet on all sides of the drain.
- Dispose appropriately the cleared materials.
- To report pollution, call Public Works or send an email.
- For storm drains that need staff attention, report it through the SeeClickFix.
When you have done your part in volunteering, let your friends know about your commitment and inform them of the small things they can do for the community to prevent water pollution. Together, we can make an impact.