201 4th Street SE, Room 108
Rochester, MN 55904
One of the best ways to volunteer is to adopt-a-spot! You can choose from a variety of spots through a few programs. Once you've adopted your spot(s) then follow the instructions to keep that area clean and take care of it. Make sure you report your efforts! Below are the types of 'spots' available for adoption for you, your family, your neighborhood, your business, etc.
- Adopt-a-Stormwater Pond
- Citizen Stream Monitoring Program
Volunteer fifteen minutes, twice a month, for cleaner waterways and healthier communities. Storm drains flow directly to local lakes, rivers, and wetlands, acting as a conduit for trash and organic pollutants. Adopt a Drain asks residents to adopt a storm drain in their neighborhood and keep it clear of leaves, trash, and other debris to reduce water pollution.
Rochester's adopt-a-drain program was launched in August 2019 in partnership with the Center for Global Environmental Education at Hamline University and Clean Water MN at Metro Watershed Partners.
There are hundreds of stormwater management ponds in Rochester - adopt one near your home or business and make a difference for clean water! Interested groups, businesses, and individuals are encouraged to participate in the program. Volunteers agree to collect litter at least three times per year: once in late April as part of the Help Make Rochester A Litter Bit Better campaign, once in July, and once more in late fall before mid October.
Participation in the program is on a first-come, first-served basis. Some ponds may not be available for adoption due to access, construction, or vegetative management activities. The Rochester Public Works Department will provide trash bags and arrange for disposal of collected litter.
Learn more about the Adopt-A-Stormwater Pond program, contact Mike Kraszewski by calling 507-328-2431 or sending an email.
This program is offered through the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Conservation Corps of Minnesota & Iowa. Explore the program website for more information.
Olmsted County offers this program on County Roads in our community. Visit the Olmsted County website to learn how to get started and view roads that are available.
This program is offered through the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Streams and lakes in Minnesota are available as monitoring sites. Explore their website to get started.