Get Involved: Cleanup Programs & Stenciling


Organize a Cleanup
American Rivers

This page provides links for different cleanup opportunities and ways to get involved in your area.


City of Oakdale
Adopt-A-Wetland Program

Are you looking to make an impact in your community? Individuals, families, school groups, youth groups, businesses or civic organizations are encouraged to Adopt a Wetland.


City of Woodbury

The Adopt-a-Lake program encourages volunteers to adopt a lake, wetland, or pond in Woodbury for annual clean-ups. The city will provide necessary equipment for the clean-up and sign at the chosen site as recognition for the volunteer group. Two year commitment required. To sign up, or for more information, call (651) 714-3533.


Adopt A River Program
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

The Adopt a River program encourages Minnesota volunteers to “adopt” a section of a lake, river, wetland, ditch or ravine to ensure its long-term health through annual cleanups. Find out more about this statewide program and view recent State Fair sculptures.


Minneapolis Annual Earth Day Watershed Clean Up
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board

The Earth Day Watershed Clean Up is an opportunity for Minneapolis’ neighborhoods, businesses and volunteer organizations to come together for a common purpose: stewardship of our city’s watersheds, lakes, rivers and streams.


Crow River Clean Up Day
Crow River Organization of Water

In the past four years, the CROW has helped coordinate over 1,373 volunteers to remove over 36.5 tons of trash from 160.5 miles of shoreline on the Crow River and its tributaries. This page has more about the event and contact information.


Plastic Debris from Rivers to Sea
Algalita Marine Research Foundation

The site gives ways to protect your watershed and prevent plastic debris from polluting it.


25 Things You Can Do To Save Coral Reefs
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

This site provides a list of ways you can protect local water quality AND help preserve and maintain healthy coral reefs in the world’s oceans.


Plan your 2009 Stenciling Outing
Friends of the Mississippi River

If you’re looking for a great service outing that is educational, active, outdoors and provides a significant community benefit, consider storm drain stenciling.


Storm Drain Markers
Crow River Organization of Water

Storm drain marking is a simple, effective way to remind residents that storm drains feed into our local creeks, lakes and streams and eventually the Crow River.  The C.R.O.W has storm drain markers and stencils available for use by individuals or groups within the Crow River Watershed.


Carver County – Volunteer Opportunities
Storm Drain Stenciling

One of the simplest forms of volunteering is to gather a group for a few hours and do storm drain stenciling. Often people are not aware that the storm drains you see on every street drain straight to rivers and lakes without any type of treatment. By simply stenciling the following message you are increasing awareness.
This is a great activity to get a school group, 4H or scout group involved in as a service and learning project.

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