Get Involved / Programs

City of Wilmington Stormwater has numerous outreach and education programs for residents and businesses. We believe that educating and involving citizens in solving the stormwater pollution problem is one of the most important things we do.

Adopt A Storm Drain Program - Coming Soon!

Adopt-A-Storm-Drain The City’s Adopt-A-Storm Drain Program empowers volunteers to help keep leaves, litter, dirt, and other debris out of local waterways. Adopting a storm drain also helps keep drains from clogging and causing flooding. 


Learn more about the program and register to adopt a storm drain in your neighborhood.




Canines for Clean Water 

Canine for Clean Water Canines for Clean Water is a program that encourages citizens to be responsible pet owners by always cleaning up after their pets to help protect our waterways.

Pet owners that sign a pledge, get a free dog bandana and goody bag. Owners can submit photos of their pooch to our online photo gallery.

Enviroscape 8th Grade Program

Enviroscape Presentation The Enviroscape is a scaled-down model of a watershed that enables students to visually learn about stormwater runoff, water pollution, water quality, watersheds, and stewardship through a speaker-led presentation.

All 8th grade science classes in New Hanover County Schools receive the program, which is delivered by the Wilmington Stormwater, New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District, and Cape Fear River Watch.

Heal Our Waterways Program

DePaolo-Hall-Rain-Garden.jpg Heal Our Waterways is a City of Wilmington-led initiative to restore Bradley Creek and Hewletts Creek. The program is guided by the voluntary Bradley and Hewletts Creeks Watershed Restoration Plan. By installing simple, low-cost measures like rain barrels, rain gardens, native plants, and rerouting gutter downspouts, we can all help improve water quality in both creeks.

Explore our dedicated website to find out more.




Stormwater 101 Speakers Bureau

Storm Drain To schedule a speaker for your next HOA or community group meeting, please contact:

New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District: 910.798.7135  or 

Stormwater Services: 910.343.4777

Storm Drain Marking

Storm Drain Marker The Storm Drain Marking Program enables volunteers to permanently adhere stainless steel markers next to storm drains. Markers have a message "Don't Pollute - Drains to Waterway" to help remind citizens to keep our waterways clean.

In addition, educational doorhangers are distributed to nearby residents and businesses during storm drain marking events.

New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District and Cape Fear River Watch partner with the city to implement this program.

Monthly Rain Barrel Sale

Rain Barrel New Hanover Soil & Water Conservation District holds a Monthly Rain Barrel Sale to the public at a discounted rate. Rain barrels have many benefits which include collecting free rainwater and saving money on your water bill, using natural water on your plants, landscape beds, grass or garden, and helping to protect the environment from polluted runoff. An Ivy Rain Barrel (50 gallons) is $85.

Monthly Watershed Cleanups

CFRW Cleanup Volunteers Cape Fear River Watch hosts cleanups on the 2nd Saturday of each month in watershed locations throughout the city.

Contact Cape Fear River Watch at 910.762.5606 or learn more on their website.

Stormwater Education Publications

We offer many educational publications, videos and informational resources online and offer a limited number of hard copies upon request. For more information, call 910.343.4777.