Protecting Waterways

Everything on the street washes into gutters, the storm drain system and eventually flows into our waterways.

Litter, grass clippings, paint, oil, dirt, power washer wastewater and other waste products pollute the water flowing through Arvada, which is needed by others downstream. Please do not blow or sweep grass clippings, leaves or any other landscaping materials into the street!

8 Ways You Can Help

Many people think that stormwater is treated or cleaned before it flows to our streams, so they routinely sweep grass clippings into the gutter or even the storm drains. Please help us educate one another to avoid these harmful environmental practices and help keep our waterways clean. 

Person raking leaves1. Sweep up grass clippings and leaves. Compost or properly dispose of them in the trash.

person disposing of dog poop in trash2. Clean up after your pets! Pet waste is the most controllable source of bacteria. 

Rocks falling down a mountain3.Control soil erosion. Sediment is one of our worst urban contaminants. 

Bucket of soapy bubbles4. Wash your car on the lawn or with a bucket and water to limit suds running into gutters and storm drains.

person throwing trash5. Throw trash in a receptacle and help keep Arvada beautiful! 

Fertilizer bag6. Avoid over-fertilizing your yard. Follow application instructions on the label. 

Oil can7. Control and properly dispose of all auto waste, especially oil and antifreeze.

No dumping8. Never wash anything out in the storm drain: not paint, plaster, concrete, or lawn mowers.

City Programs


Volunteer to pick up litter on a chosen route four or more times a year. The City posts a sign with your name on it. Contracts are two years and can be extended for more. Visit Adopt-A-Street for more information.


The City of Arvada has 135 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails throughout the parks and open space. The Adopt-A-Trail program utilizes volunteers to assist the Parks Department in keeping Arvada beautiful. Visit Adopt-A-Trail for more information.


Volunteer to place "No Dumping - Drains to Creek" medallions on storm drains. The medallions help communicate that storm drains should not be used to dispose of waste like paint, grass clippings, oil, or anything else generated in our neighborhoods. Call 720-898-7640 if you would like to set up a volunteer day to apply medallions.