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New Website to Adopt Oakland Storm Drains and Prevent Flooding and Water Pollution
The City of Oakland has released a new Adopt a Drain website that empowers smart phone and computer users to adopt City storm drains. Oakland Public Works Agency, partnering with Code for America affiliate OpenOakland, developed the website to help volunteers clean and clear storm drains.
By keeping storm drains clear, volunteers help prevent flooding of roads and sidewalks during winter storms. Keeping drains clear throughout the year also boosts water quality by reducing the amount of debris and trash flowing through the storm drains and out to the City’s creeks and ultimately, San Francisco Bay and the oceans beyond. To adopt one or more of the City’s more than 10,000 storm drains, visit adoptadrainoakland.com.
Oakland Earth EXPO scheduled for Wednesday, April 9, 2014
EarthEXPO is a festive lunchtime environmental fair, featuring exhibits by up to 100 green businesses, government agencies, community and environmental groups in downtown Oakland. More information coming soon at www.oaklandearthexpo.com!
Oakland Earth Day 2014 scheduled for Saturday, April 26, 2014
Cleanup and beautification events will be held at multilple locations throughout the city from 9am-noon. More details coming soon at www.oaklandearthday.org!
Oakland Adopt a Spot
Through the Oakland Adopt a Spot program, individuals, neighborhood groups, civic organizations, and businesses can play an active and ongoing role in cleaning, greening and beautifying parks, creeks, shorelines, storm drains, streets, trails, medians and other public spaces. Volunteers have adopted a growing list of almost 400 sites around Oakland. Public Works supports these efforts with tool lending, debris collection services, and technical assistance.
See and hear more about what it's like to be a member of the Oakland Adopt a Spot program. Check out this video featuring a few of our adopters doing amazing work:
Activities can include:
- Planting/pruning/weeding (with pre-approval from Public Works staff)
- Installing mosaics on litter containers
- Picking up litter
- Removing graffiti
- Keeping storm drains free of debris (check out our new Adopt a Drain website to get started!)
Interested in joining the hundreds of residents, businesses, and community groups who are already participating? Please review the Adopt a Spot Application Packet for a detailed program description and application. You can also contact an Adopt a Spot coordinator by phone at (510) 238-7630, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
One-Time Community Cleanups
We also support One-Time Community Cleanups. If you would like to host one, please complete the One-Time Community Cleanup Proposal form and send it to email@example.com. We may be able to provide you tools, post-event debris collection services, and other logistical support.
Ongoing Community Cleanups
City-Wide Cleanup and Beautification Events
Public Works coordinates two city-wide volunteer events each year involving thousands of participants: Earth Day 2014 is scheduled for Saturday April 26. Creek to Bay Day is held the third Saturday in September. Come join the fun!
Clean Lake Initiative
Are you passionate about Lake Merritt? The City of Oakland's Clean Lake Initiative supports volunteer cleanup, maintenance, monitoring, and education at the Lake. For information on how you can participate in these efforts, please contact the Lake Merritt Institute at (510) 238-2290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
County, Regional and State Property
Some of Oakland's public spaces are owned and managed by other government entities. Please visit the following websites for volunteer opportunities offered by these organizations:
- Alameda County Adopt-A-Creek/Adopt-A-Spot (County-owned land and flood control channels)
- Caltrans Adopt-A-Highway (highway overpasses, underpasses, on-ramps, and off-ramps)
- East Bay Regional Parks District (regional parks, trails, botanical gardens, and shorelines)
Opportunities with Adopt a Spot Volunteer Groups
The Friends of the Gardens at Lake Merritt are looking for interested, qualified people to join their Volunteer Leadership Team! Find out more about these positions at http://gardensatlakemerritt.org/volunteer-opportunities.
Follow us on the Sustainable Oakland Facebook page for information on volunteer events, news on sustainability and going green, and more!
Downloadable volunteer forms and materials are linked below:
- Volunteer Guidelines
- Group Waiver (English)
- Group Waiver (Spanish)
- Individual Waiver (English)
- Tool Request Form (downloadable or online form)
- One-Time Community Cleanup Proposal
- Still have questions? Contact us at email@example.com, or call (510) 238-7630.
ADA Volunteer Policy
The City of Oakland Public Works Agency offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities. We encourage individuals with disabilities to volunteer their time and efforts. Some volunteer opportunities may be located in areas without a designed path of travel and may require significant physical labor. To discuss available volunteer opportunities, please contact the person listed as the main contact for the event or call (510) 238-3254 (TTY).