Catch basins are storm sewer inlets that collect water during storm events and are the first step in the stormwater drainage systems. Storm sewer systems are designed to remove water from our developed areas as quick a possible during storms. When storms occur, water and anything else on the streets enters the storm sewer system through the catch basins. Pet waste, oil, litter, and leaves carried in the stormwater is discharged directly into our streams and rivers untreated.
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Catch basins are typically located next to street curbs or in rear yards of residential areas. They filter out debris such as leaves and litter. The grids located on top of the catch basins are small enough to prevent large objects from falling into the sewer system, but large enough to ensure that the flow of water is not blocked.
Citizens that adopt a catch basin will pledge to do the following:
Residents interested in adopting a catch basin will need to contact the Water Quality Specialist. Residents are required to sign the Adopt a Catch Basin pledge form agreeing to the requirements of the program. In exchange for monitoring the catch basin, residents will receive a complimentary bow rake to assist in the cleaning. Supplies are limited to the first 50 individuals that adopt a catch basin.