Storm Water Quality

Volunteer Opportunities

Adopt-A-Block & Channel Cleanups

Adopt-A-Block (AAB) and Channel Cleanups are “hands-on” ways for residents and local businesses to make a commitment to improve the quality of O‘ahu’s communities and waters. Adopters are responsible for a designated stretch of stream or street under the City’s jurisdiction.

Adopting is Easy!

1. Get a group of individuals that are 12 years of age or older to commit to participating in ongoing clean ups.

2. Use the map below to find approved City maintained streams and streets to select a work area.

Note: If interested in an AAB not listed on the map, please submit an inquiry for review.

3. Send us an email with your information and we’ll work with you to prepare an adoption agreement or to confirm channel clean up details.

For more information download a Program Brochure, visit the FAQ webpage, and/or view details of an Adopt-A-Block agreement on our Forms webpage.

If you have trouble viewing the map below, try our full map version.

Storm Drain Marking

Marking storm drains with stencils or placards helps to promote public awareness that storm drains lead to the ocean. It helps to deter littering, excess fertilizer use, dumping, and other practices that contribute pollutants to the our storm drain system.

Who can volunteer to mark drains?

Volunteers must be at least 10 years old to participate (must have at least 1 adult per 3 minors). Participants must sign a release form and all minors must have a parent or guardian sign on their behalf. We also encourage having at least 10 volunteers to host an event.

How do we sign up?

Use the following link or the map below to find and select unmarked storm drains in the area you wish to volunteer. Click here for Storm Drain Map.

How to use Storm Drain Marking Volunteer Map

  • Use your mouse to navigate the map to an available storm drain, or enter an address to find available in the search field storm drains nearby.
  • Click the location icon Location Icon.

    icon to open the search field. type in an address and select it from the list of addresses provided.

  • The map will zoom in to show that location on the map.
  • Click on an available storm drain in the area that you are interested in working.
  • In the box that appears, simply click on “Click to Volunteer” link and fill out the information requested in the email and we will be in contact with you.
Be an Everyday Storm Water Hero!

We can ALL make a difference to improve storm water quality and protect our streams and ocean. Preventing pollution is an everyday activity.

Other Opportunities

Other opportunities to volunteer with the Storm Water Quality Division:

  • Distribute educational materials. Download our Storm Water Program Overview brochure or request materials.
  • Make a presentation or host a group activity on storm drains and pollution using the materials from the Information & Resources tab.
  • Assist with office work and equipment maintenance

To inquire about these opportunities use the contact form.

Learn about opportunities with the State of Hawai‘i Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program.

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