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Clean Waters Challenge

This month we want to invite you to participate in the Clean Waters Challenge!

This is part of our Only Rain Down the Storm Drain program and involves giving a little TLC to the storm drain inlets around your neighborhood and the greater community. To get a better idea of what this looks like, check out the video below. 

Did you know that the storm drains in our city lead directly into our watershed? Often these drains collect litter and debris, and sometimes people incorrectly think that it's ok to dump chemicals, dispose of pet waste, or blow their lawn clippings into these storm drain inlets. When these items enter storm drains, they go straight into our waterways, untreated and unfiltered, harming wildlife habitat and ultimately contaminating our streams and rivers.

We would like to challenge you and/or your organizations to install 20 "no dumping / drains to waterways" decals on storm drains for us this summer!

  • Can you install more than 20? Absolutely! 
  • Can you share this Challenge with others? Of course!
  • Not quite ready to take on the Challenge? Even the simple act of cleaning out the drains and checking existing labels can help keep our waterways clean!

Join the Clean Waters Challenge by emailing us at We'll provide additional information and set up a time with you to grab supplies and get started! Find additional information on the Only Rain Down the Storm Drain program below.

Thank you to the 3M Environmental Reserved Fund for supporting the production of this video.

Only Rain Down the Storm Drain

We work with the City of Omaha’s Stormwater Program to educate the public about how to prevent stormwater pollution. Unfortunately, there are several ways that people accidentally or intentionally pollute our waterways, including illegal dumping of liquids down storm drains. In light of this, we coordinate volunteers to clean up debris/litter around storm inlets and place “no dumping” discs on the storm drains. We also distribute educational door hangers (see below) to residents living near the marked storm drains about ways to prevent water pollution and ensure only rain goes down the storm drain.

If your volunteer group is interested in helping place "no dumping" discs and/or educating area residents about how to prevent water pollution, please complete our online volunteer form or call us at 402.444.7774.

For more information about how to prevent water pollution and manage stormwater, check out the City of Omaha’s Stormwater Program site.

Stormwater Resources
  • This door hanger serves as a supplemental educational piece of our stormwater pollution prevention program. Volunteers, in conjunction with cleaning and labeling storm drains, distribute these door hangers to area residents. The goal is for residents to make the connection to the labeled storm drains in their area, and to empower them to make conscious decisions to prevent stormwater pollution in their neighborhood.

  • Storm drain labeling entails following a map of a neighborhood to find the storm drains, and labeling them with a "no dumping - leads to waterways" decal. At this time, volunteers can also clean the storm drains of existing litter and debris. For more information, read the detailed instructions in the corresponding document.

Thank you to our Trees for Omaha program sponsors



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