Step #1: Organize friends, family, classmates, or neighbors to help.
Step #2: Contact:
to request a Storm Drain Marking Kit. Kits can be as few as 12 markers up to 200 for large projects.
Step #3: Place the markers on all your neighborhood storm drains. The map below uses colors to indicate streets that have already been marked by our volunteers in the past. We recommend volunteers focus on marking drains on streets that have not been visited. For large projects we can also provide maps of the neighborhood.
Step #4: Return completed log sheet (by mail or fill out our online form).
Marked Drain Log
Safety Rules & Guidelines
Participant Waiver & Youth Participation/Release Form
Why Mark the Drains?
• Charlotte-Mecklenburg has two types of sewer systems: the Sanitary Sewer and the Storm Drainage System. The sanitary sewer system carries human and industrial wastewater to a treatment plant. The storm drainage system, which is composed of the open drainage grates along the roadside, carries untreated storm water runoff from roofs, roads, sidewalks and parking lots directly to streams, ponds and lakes.
• Each time it rains, pollutants such as trash, used automotive oil, yard waste (grass clippings, leaves) excess or improperly applied yard chemicals, sediment, and pet waste are transported by storm water directly to nearby streams, ponds, and eventually into the lakes (Charlotte-Mecklenburg's drinking water supplies).
• Storm Drain Marking is one way of reducing the amount of pollutants going down the drain. While it won't solve all our water pollution problems alone, the highly visible marker is a practical and easy first step toward public education and active involvement in storm water pollution prevention.