Keeping stormwater drains clear is important to both addressing flooding and keeping Biscayne Bay clean. This is certainly the responsibility of city governments, but some municipalities have found creative ways to incorporate the participation of their residents.
Both Virginia Beach and San Francisco have implemented innovative adopt-a-drain programs that enable residents to help keep pollution out their waters. These programs allow the resident to use their smart phone or computer and, through an interactive mapping program, see storm drains near them and choose one to adopt. The idea is relatively simple: choose a drain, give it a name, and sweep around it a few times a year. Both municipalities boast that this is a fun way to help keep pollution from being carried down the storm drain.