2022 Waterways Clean-Up: September 17, 2022

Save the date for our next Protect Wisconsin Waterways Clean-Up across the Rock River Stormwater Group municipalities. Sign up your group to volunteer today and check back soon for more waterway clean-up details!

Adopt-a-Storm Drain in Your Neighborhood

Join the Storm Drain Protector Program by adopting a drain in your neighborhood, near a public park, or other location. Anyone can be a storm drain protector and help monitor and remove debris from the storm drain. Sign up today!

Community Events

Many communities host periodic collection events for hazardous household waste. Check with your local municipality for upcoming drop off locations, dates, and materials collected at each location.

The Rock River Basin community has many opportunities to be friendly to stormwater. Activities include things you can do on your own or with a group of friends. Besides the activities listed below, check out your city’s website for volunteer days along the Rock River and its tributaries!

Recognize and Report Illegal Dumping

Substances that are not entirely composed of water which are put into a stormwater drainage system, lake, river or stream are called illicit discharges. This contaminated water travels directly to waterways without treatment, which threatens our region’s water quality.

Recognizing illegal connections to storm drains is an important tool to mitigate stormwater pollution. It is part of your role as a Rock River Basin community member to report illegal connections to the storm drain. Learn more about illicit discharges here.

If you spill hazardous materials or see warning signs of an illicit discharge, contact the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources 24 Hour Spill Hotline at: 1-800-943-0003.

You can also use our water pollution reporting form. Do your part and help Protect Wisconsin Waterways!



Citizen Volunteer Monitoring

Join your neighbors as a volunteer stream monitor in your area. Volunteers monitor the health of streams by recording stream flow and clarity as well as cataloging all the creatures living in the water. You can volunteer with the Rock River Coalition’s Citizen Monitoring Program or the Statewide Water Action Volunteers program.

Organize a Stream Cleanup

Indulge in a trash-free River. You can join the annual Rock River Clean-Up by teaming up with other members of your community to help clean up your community’s streams.

Contact us:

You can always contact us via email at:  protectwiwaterways@gmail.com.