As a volunteer adopter, you will spot check your storm drain between rainfalls, (and, if possible, before each predicted rain) to steward them free of debris, litter or pollution. Simply remove any leaves, twigs, cans, cups, or other impairment from the top of the storm grate and note what you see adjacent to the drain. With a garbage bag or bucket in hand, most volunteers can address the storm drain issues within minutes. Each time you check your drain, you’ll complete a brief electronic field report.
To adopt-a-storm drain Choose a street located in the Town or Village of Lake George from the dropdown menu below to view drains available. (If you have a drain not listed on the list, please contact us with the location of the drain and we will add it for you to adopt.)
Once your street has been selected, Click on the “View details” link for any of the rows that have a “No” in the “Adopted?” column.
Fill out the form with your contact information and click on Update. We will email you a confirmation and any additional details you may need.
What to do with your adopted storm drain?
- Always sweep, rake or shovel glass. Never pick up sharp objects with your hands.
- Never touch hazardous or medical waste.
- Garbage bags, buckets, brooms and landscaping gloves are generally helpful in any situation.
- Sweep material away from the storm drain, not into it- and capture it for disposal as you can.
- Clear surface debris only; let Town and Village crews handle garbage or hazards inside the catch basin.
- Clear debris within several yards along each side of the storm drain, especially the uphill side.
- Please send a field report after any service to your drain.
- Don’t allow anything but rainwater into storm drains.
- Avoid throwing litter into the street and securely close outdoor trash cans and recycling bins.
- Pick up after your pet. Animal waste, when left on the ground, washes down storm drains and contaminates our waterways.
- Clean up spilled or leaked automotive fluids such as brake fluid, oil, and antifreeze. Do not hose them into the street where they can eventually reach local streams and lakes. Recycle your motor oil.
- Control soil erosion on your property by planting ground cover and stabilizing erosion prone areas.
- Bag, compost or recycle your grass, tree limbs, leaves and other yard waste. Yard waste is a major reason storm drains clog.
- Discharge unchlorinated pools into grassy areas and not toward the storm drain.
- Report illegal dumping.
- Be smart when you apply pesticides or fertilizers. Do not apply pesticides or fertilizers before it rains and only use amount recommended on the label,
- Do not apply winter de-icing materials near or uphill of the the drain.