Make Your Positive Impact
Adopt A Stream connects us directly to our streams - so we can clean them, enjoy them, and celebrate the improvements in our water quality and soil erosion over time. As we become better water and soil stewards, we'll see improvements in the health of our lands and our people.
Good news; Anyone can adopt a stream! Individuals, families, businesses, and community groups can adopt a portion of a river, creek, or stream and organize cleanups to help our waterways stay free of litter and other contaminants.
You have a few options to get started...
- Form a team
Start with a core group with the capabilities and dedication to make it happen! Teams can be formed through your workplace, neighborhood, schools, church, and other community groups.
- Join an existing team
Volunteer to be apart of an existing Adopt A Stream group and volunteer to help out with one of their cleanups. It's super easy! Check out this list of existing Adopt a Stream groups.
Pick a Stream
You have your team, now it's time to select a stream you want to adopt. Nearly every stream in the Des Moines area could benefit from your efforts, but for a little extra guidance check out a few things to keep in mind when you're making your selection.
VIEW AVAILABLE STREAMS I NEED SOME GUIDANCE
File The Adoption Papers
You picked your stream, now let's make it official. Fill out the following adoption papers so we have the information we need to help you begin planning your event.
I'M READY TO MAKE IT OFFICIAL
Clean It Up
Your stream has been adopted, now let's get to planning the cleanup. Follow these steps to have a successful cleanup event:
- Tell us your cleanup date
Fill out our online form to let us know when you're planning your cleanup event.
- Use our planning checklist
Our planning checklist provides key aspects to make sure your team is prepared ahead of time!
- Reserve your cleanup supplies
Fill out our reservation form to reserve your supplies today. We distribute our supplies through our Hazardous Waste Drop-Off facility in Bondurant.
- Fill out the safety & liability waiver
When you signed your adoption papers, you also agreed to have all volunteers sign the safety form & liability waiver for each cleanup. Download the safety form and liability waiver
Once you have them all signed, send them our way...
Mail: Adopt A Stream, 300 E. Locust St., Suite 100, Des Moines, IA 50309
- Review our safety guidelines
It's important to review our safety guidelines to make sure everyone goes home in the same condition as they arrived.
- Take photos and have fun!
We would love to see your photos from your event. Either email us your pictures, or tag us on Facebook or Twitter.
After Your Cleanup
We want to know how it went! Fill out our online form to share the success of the cleanup. This includes tracking how many trash bags or dumpsters you filled, any additional items you found such as tires, bicycles, drums or other larger items, and an approximate weight of the trash collected. We provide the cleanup results to the Iowa Department Of Natural Resources (DNR) on an annual basis.