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Be a storm drain steward!


Be a storm drain steward!

Sweep up! Rake up! Pick up!

Join volunteers across the city to keep your local storm drains clear of debris. The Storm Drain Stewardship Program asks residents to take care of a storm drain in their neighborhood to reduce flooding and protect waterways.

What does it mean to be a storm drain steward? By doing this work, you will be committing to monitor and maintain a drain of your choice. Volunteers dedicate around fifteen minutes, twice a month, to provide care to their drain. We ask that you keep track of the amazing work you've put into building a stronger and cleaner community!

As a volunteer, you will be able to create a positive impact by:

  • Preventing flooding in your neighborhood by keeping drains free of debris.
  • Preventing pollutants that are harmful to fish and other wildlife from entering our lakes, rivers, creeks, and Puget Sound.
  • Helping the city maintain our infrastructure, especially during fall months when rain increases and falling leaves block the drains.

How to Find a Storm Drain

There are several types of storm drains. Most drains are located next to the curb and have a metal grate to prevent debris from falling in. They can be rectangular or circular. Storm drains are often stenciled with the text:   Only Rain Down the Drain.   

 Safety Guidelines

Keep your nearby storm drain clear of leaves and debris to help prevent ponding and flooding. There are over 12,000 storm drains in the city, so we really appreciate people taking care of the drain in front of their homes.

  • If possible, clear the drain before it starts raining.
  • Stand on the curb when clearing drains, not in the street. We only ask you to clean curbside storm drains. Please don't clear drains on major streets and arterials.
  • Only clean the top of the storm drain. Don't lift the grate.
  • Wear gloves and always use a broom or rake to clear the drain. Never use your hands to move debris.
  • Use a dustpan, shovel, or trash can lid to pick up debris.
  • Put excess leaves the from parking strip into the yard waste container
  • Put grimy street leaves, trash, and other debris into the garbage.
  • Avoid items that have the potential to be hazardous or cause injury.
  • Clear your drain only if it is safe. If the drain is still clogged after you've removed the surface debris.  Report problems using the app, Eyes on Federal Way, or call (253) 835- 2700. 

Ready to volunteer? 

Contact your outreach coordinator at SWM@cityoffederalway.com