Kids in yellow vests marking storm drains with educational messages

Storm Drain Marking

Help us spread the word - Only rain goes down the storm drain

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Steps to Mark Storm Drains Requirements Find a Location

Did you know the drains that run along our curbs collect rainwater? This water flows from the street, to storm drains, and then to the nearest stream or lake.

As water moves along the ground, it can pick up pollution - like oil, grease, pet waste, and trash. It's important to make sure that only rain goes down the drain so that waterways don't become polluted.

Steps to Mark Storm Drains

  1. Complete this registration form to mark storm drains in Raleigh.
  2. Get all the supplies that you need to volunteer. Email us for details.
  3. Use a brush to clean off the surface of the storm drain. 
  4. Apply adhesive to the back of the storm drain marker. 
  5. Stick the marker on the storm drain. 
  6. Let it dry.
  7. Add your marked drain location to the interactive map.


Storm Drain Marking
  • Volunteers need to be at least 10 years old.
  • Sign up two weeks in advance.
  • Send us your data by email after you've marked a drain.

Find a Location

Use this interactive map to see what storm drains are available in your neighborhood. Volunteers can add their marked drain location on the map!

Location Tips
Mark a drain on City of Raleigh streetsWork on streets with sidewalks Choose areas with easy access to storm drains



Joyce Gaffney
Environmental & Sustainability Specialist

Engineering Services
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Stormwater VolunteeringStormwater Outreach and Education