Do you want to make an impact in your community? The Adopt A Drain pilot program allows you to take ownership of a storm drain on and around Main Street Ellicott City. You pick the drain, and we'll give you the tools and train you on how to clean and maintain it! 


Victoria Goeller

Elizabeth Woodruff

Kim Pelech

Jim Halcomb

Peter Edelen (x2!)

Mark Miller

Pam Long

Ellicott City Partnership

Virginia Gambrell

Adopt-A-Drain Sponsors

Adopt-A-Drain is a program funded by a Safety Grant from BGE and individual sponsors.  We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to sign up to be some of the first ever members of the project! Your job will be to check the status of your adopted drain when directed, typically before and/or after rain events. The goal is to ensure that all of the high risk drains in Main Street, Ellicott City are cleared to prevent blockages and flooding during rain storm events. As a volunteer, you will be asked to:

  •  Travel to Main Street to check on your drain

  • Clear leaves and debris as needed from the drain and remove in provided trash bags

  • Photograph and report on the "before" and "after" status of your drain

The following video has been created to give you an idea of the expectations of volunteers and for reference while cleaning your drain:


For more additional information, you can also watch our Adopt A Drain Meet and Greet video:



To help you complete your tasks, we will be providing tools to each volunteer. These tools include safety vests, hand trowels, small rakes, gloves and trash bags for debris. You can keep your own set of tools and house/transport them yourself or you can utilize a communal set of tools available at the Ellicott City Partnership office at 8321 Main St. A link to use the See, Click, Fix service referenced in the video is available here.


A map of all of the drains in downtown Ellicott City can be found below.  We request that drains that are considered "high risk" for clogging be adopted first (identified with a red icon in the map).  You may adopt more than one drain if you wish.  We would love to promote our Adopters by name on this map if you are willing!

To volunteer for the Adopt-A-Drain program or for more information on the responsibilities of being a volunteer, please email or click the button below.  

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