OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Officials from the City of Oakland say they’d like the public’s help keeping storm drains clean this rainy season.
The city is asking for volunteers to “Adopt A Drain” and keep one of about 10,000 free of leaves and trash. People willing to volunteer the time can sign on to adoptadrain.com and pick the most convenient drain from a map.READ MORE: UPDATE: Atmospheric River Crashes Onshore; Flood Warning Issued For Napa, Sonoma Counties
The program is part of Oakland’s Adopt-A-Spot program, in which volunteers clean up trash and graffiti and plant trees, paint or otherwise beautify an area.READ MORE: UPDATE: Streets Flood in San Rafael, Mill Valley as Wild Storm Lashes Bay Area
So far a few dozen people have picked out drains to maintain. Clear drains not only keep streets dryer, but reduce the risk of sewage backup into groundwater.MORE NEWS: Stephen Curry Reaches 5,000 Assists, Warriors Beat Kings 119-107