Save Our Storm Drains

Join me in the mission to protect our environment and infrastructure by cleaning clogged storm drains. Together, a consistent effort will be able to make a substantial difference to our local community's wellbeing.

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Cleaning up Clogged Storm Drains

This is a video of me clearing some storm drains on a particularly stormy night (the whole neighborhood's power went out). I show how little effort it can sometimes take to make substantial differences, as well as show the difference between water flow into the drains before and after the cleaning.

Educational Presentation on Storm Drain Clogging

I created a quick video that showcases the different effects of storm drain clogging. While this issue is not very prominent in naturally drier areas, places along the North of the East and West coasts often suffer from more intense rainstorms due to Climate Change. With these storms, many branches and leaves can be washed onto the streets, naturally flowing to storm drains via draining rainwater.

Locally Neglected Storm Drain

Here is a video of a neglected storm drain in my community. Even though the city has recognized the flooding, they can not solve it and chose to just put up a flooded sign. This is because the clog is below the surface, highlighting the need for new innovation when it comes to storm drains. I hope to tackle this issue when I attend University, where I am trying to become an environmental engineer

Collaborative Clean-up Event

I organized a community clean-up event focused on clearing storm drains in our neighborhood, specifically Aragon High School. We gathered volunteers (15+) and worked together to remove debris and educate others about the importance of maintaining clean storm drains. While many people had to leave early due to extracurricular activities, I managed to get some photos with some of the volunteers who had extra time to spare.

  • Clean your gutters and downspouts regularly. This will help prevent leaves, twigs, and other debris from being washed into storm drains during rain events.

  • Sweep or blow leaves and other debris away from storm drains. Never rake or sweep debris directly into a storm drain.

  • Pick up pet waste and dispose of it properly. Pet waste contains harmful bacteria that can pollute waterways if it enters storm drains.

  • Do not dump anything into storm drains. This includes grass clippings, fertilizer, pesticides, herbicides, paint, oil, and other chemicals.

  • Encourage your neighbors to do the same. The more people who help to keep storm drains clean, the less likely they are to clog.

  • Report clogged storm drains to your local municipality. If you see a clogged storm drain, report it to your local municipality so that it can be cleaned as soon as possible. (even though some cities will not respond)

Before and After Photos of Cleaned Storm Drains

I documented the transformation of clogged storm drains before and after cleaning. These photos highlight the difference a simple act of clearing debris can make in preventing flooding and protecting our environment. Even though they are not completely free from all debris, removing the larger pieces and major blocks to water flow is all that is needed to ensure water can run through the gutters and into the drains.

Tips for Healthy and Sustainable Storm Drains

Contact Me

Get in touch with me to learn more about my mission and how you can contribute!

leo.buss33@gmail.com