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City of Colorado Springs / Stormwater / Education & Outreach Programs / Adopt-A-Waterway Program

Adopt-A-Waterway Program

It's up to each of us to keep our waters clean...

That's the idea behind the Adopt-A-Waterway Program. The City of Colorado Springs Stormwater Engineering department encourages local businesses, civil and professional organizations, environmental groups, academic institutions, neighborhood groups, and other community-minded organizations to formally Adopt-A-Waterway for the purpose of protecting and improving water quality.

As an adopting organization, your group would be asked to participate in two cleanups a year and maintain your adopted waterway for a minimum of two years. A small commitment for your water quality! So find a nearby waterway and sign up today.

Each adopting organization:

  • Must include a minimum of 6 people and have at least 1 adult (21 years or older)
  • Must adopt at least a 1/4 to 1/2 mile stretch of creek or stream. Larger reaches must be approved by stormwater staff.
  • Adopts a waterway for a period of at least 2 years
  • Agrees to cleanup their adopted waterway at least two times ayear
  • Agrees to coordinate the group's activities with the City's Project coordinator.
  • Agrees to all safety requirements.

The City of Colorado Springs will recognize adopting groups by providing signage for the adopted waterway. The City also provides trash bags, trash pick up, safety vests (if needed), and other support necessary to adopting groups.

For more information, please contact Jeff Besse at 719-385-5566 or by email at

Remember, it's up to each of us to keep our waters clean...

Program Forms

Adopting Group
Adopt-A-Waterway Group

Click  HERE to view a current map of adopted streams.