Getting Involved


There are many ways for local businesses and citizens to get involved in stormwater protection. For more information, please contact your local municipal stormwater coordinator.

Adopt-a-Stream – This is a national program sponsored by several nonprofit agencies and encouraged by EPA. Organizations can participate by dedicating time and resources to keeping a portion of a stream trash free. Volunteers also work with local officials to help inspect for pollution sources.

Cleanup Days
– Many cities have special days dedicated to volunteer stream and roadside trash and litter cleanup. Typically the city provides the trash containers and disposal costs, and local organizations generate the volunteers and publicity.

Local Stormwater Committees – Volunteers from local businesses, schools and citizens participate in a city-sponsored committee to offer suggestions on increasing local support for water quality projects, and help set priorities and disseminate information throughout the community.

School Education – Volunteers visit elementary and middle schools to teach students about water quality protection. Blue Thumb has special teaching tools and a good deal of experience with education programs. Some municipalities also conduct their own programs.

Stormdrain Marking – This involves placing markers or medallions on drop inlets with messages to not dispose of pollutants into the stormdrain. This is a popular program for youth groups, such as Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire, and school clubs. Blue Thumb has an active program to assist municipalities with marking stormdrains.

Volunteer Monitoring – Groups of volunteers routinely perform chemical monitoring of local streams and ponds. They may also participate in biological monitoring and perform habitat assessments. The most prominent program is Blue Thumb, but some communities may have similar local programs.

Watershed Protection Organizations
– Several cities in Oklahoma have or are developing a coordinated partnership of municipal officials, nonprofit organizations, local businesses and special districts to designate preservation areas. These frequently involve modifying local zoning codes and comprehensive plans, and creating special conservation districts or easements to protect special water resources.

Adopt Your Watershed – EPA sponsors a special program that encourages local organizations to adopt a local watershed. Visit EPA’s on-line Surf Your Watershed database of more than 2,600 watershed groups to learn about opportunities to get involved in activities such as volunteer water monitoring, stream cleanups, and storm drain marking. Once you locate your watershed, simply click on "citizen-based groups at work in this watershed" to find a list of organizations.