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Adopt a Storm Drain

Help Kirkland keep streets clear of leaves and protect your neighborhoodPhoto of Storm Drain Leaves from flooding! Adopt a storm drain in your neighborhood and receive a free reusable yard waste bag. Sign a simple agreement and return it to Kirkland Public Works. For more information, contact Betsy Adams, 425-587-3858.

Why Should I Adopt a Storm Drain?

Cleaning leaves and debris from storm drains helps prevent localized flooding. City crews work to keep storm drains clear, but with over 12,000 drains in Kirkland, we could use your help! With your assistance, we can keep streets safe and clear and can reduce property damage caused by flooding.

What is a Storm Drain?

A storm drain is a rectangular grate with slats and are normally near the edge of the street. These grates collect water which then flows to the nearest stream or lake.

What Should I Do with All of the Leaves?

  • Check storm drain grates and the surrounding area frequently to make sure they are free of leaves and debris.
  • Do not remove the grate from the storm drain opening - this does not unclog the system and creates a hazard for everyone.
  • Rake leaves away from storm drains and gutters near your house or business. (Do not rake or blow leaves from your property into the street. Our street sweeper cannot pick up large piles of leaves. It is also a violation of Kirkland Municipal Code and could result in warnings or even a fine.)
  • Dispose of leaves in your yard waste container or compost bin.

Need Assistance?

If flooding is severe and you are unable to clear the drain, please call 425-587-3900.

Questions? Call 425-587-3800 or email

Public Works
Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
123 5th Avenue, Kirkland WA 98033
Operations & Maintenance
Mon-Fri, 6:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
915 8th St, Kirkland WA 98033

General Inquiries

Engineering: T. 425.587.3800 | F. 425.587.3807
Operations & Maintenance: T. 425.587.3900 | F. 425.587.3902