Storm Water Services May 6, 2024

Posted in: Madison Park
Storm Water Services Logo with photos of volunteers




All those April Showers did not stop volunteers from getting out and making a difference! Thank you to all the volunteers that came out to events through the past month! Check out all the ways you can get involved in May!





Volunteers Spotlight & Shout Outs!


Storm Drain Marking Volunteer Winners

Storm Drain Marking Matchup Winners

This month we would like to highlight the Sustainability Sisters, the winners of the Storm Drain Marking School Matchup Contest! Students competed throughout the month of April to be the team to mark the most storm drains. Altogether, students marked 285 drains around the County! Ultimately the winning team, Sustainability Sisters, marked 149 drains!





VolunThursday Sororities


We’d also like to give a shoutout to all the UNCC Sororities that came out for the River Cleanup during April’s VolunThursday! Way to go, ladies!

VolunThursday Sororities





Don’t leave the leaves, Adopt-A-Drain!


We have recently added the Towns of Cornelius and Huntersville to the Adopt-A-Drain program! This is the perfect opportunity to volunteer at home.  By participating in this program, you will check your adopted drain once a month and make sure it is clear of any debris or trash. You can monitor the storm drain for any pollution, damage, or odors and report these issues to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) by calling 311. Additionally, reminders will be sent out by CMSWS before forecasted heavy rains so that volunteers can ensure the storm drain(s) are free of debris so rain can quickly enter the drain. Check out our page for more details and to sign up for the Adopt-A-Drain Program!

Adopt A Drain Volunteer cleaning a storm drain.




  2024 Resource Conservation Workshop

Resource Conservation Workshop


Mecklenburg Soil and Water Conservation District (MSWCD) is calling high school students to apply for the Resource Conservation Workshop!


MSWCD is looking for a student who expresses an interest in natural resources, enjoys hands-on learning, and thrives in an outdoor setting. We encourage interested students to apply today. MSWCD will sponsor one high school student to attend the Resource Conservation Workshop. The workshop will be held at NC State University this summer June 16-21, 2024. For more information, and to apply, visit the Soil & Water Resource Conservation Workshop Page.


If you have questions, please feel free to contact Anganette Byrd at





  Safe Swimming

Know Before You Go


Many of us are out enjoying our lakes around the county and it’s important to know that the waters are safe for contact. Orange water could indicate excess sediment, gray water could indicate sewage contamination, and green water could indicate a harmful algal bloom. If you come across any discolored water, please report it to 311. Always remember to wait 72 hours after a rain event to engage in water recreation in our coves. If you would like to be notified of any swim advisories in our area, text MECKNOSWIM to 888-777 to get them sent straight to your phone. We will also be posting updates all summer long on our social media pages (@StormWaterCM).





  Upcoming Events  

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5/11/2024- 2nd Saturday – Stream Cleanup

3850 E Independence Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28205


5/30/2024 -VolunThursday – Stream Cleanup

835 Norwood Drive, Charlotte, NC 28208


You can also find CMSWS at:


5/18/2024 - Paddle Party at Latta Nature preserve






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