Be an environmental steward!
Volunteers play a huge role in helping spread awareness about water pollution. There are many opportunities to get involved for citizens of all ages.
Storm Drain Marking
Did you know that more than 32 billion gallons of stormwater runoff flow to the more than 100 lakes in the City of Orlando each year? Stormwater accounts for 95% of a lake’s volume. Every year people pour hazardous chemicals, paints, pesticides, antifreeze and used motor oil down storm drains on streets and in parking lots. Most people don’t realize that those drains carry stormwater runoff untreated into local lakes. Stormwater runoff carrying pollutants and illegally dumped wastes can damage water quality and affect fish, wildlife, and recreational opportunities.
You can help!
Volunteer an hour or two to mark your storm drains with “No Dumping” signs. Storm drain marking is a visual reminder that storm drains are for stormwater only. Marking involves people in the community, educates residents, and increases awareness about the importance of our local water resources and the environment. It’s also a great opportunity to work with friends and neighbors or earn community service hours. All materials and training are provided for free to volunteers by the City of Orlando.
How to get started:
- Organize your friends, neighbors, church group, scout troop, club or student classroom. Individuals and families can participate, too!
- Select a location that needs marking with new or replacement signs. Your City of Orlando neighborhood is a great place to start, or ask for a location assignment.
- Contact Kristen Sims at the City of Orlando Streets & Stormwater Division by phone, 407.246.2257, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve the marking kits.
- Pick a day when the weather is dry and the temperature is above 35 degrees Fahrenheit.
Become a LakeWatch volunteer and participate in a statewide program sponsored by University of Florida. Contribute to valuable data on water quality through collecting water samples of local lakes. Learn data collection techniques and volunteer your time (once per month) towards an effort that works to understand and improve Florida’s water bodies. Participation requires access to a boat, canoe or kayak. Check out the Florida LAKEWATCH website to learn more and sign up.
Lake Cleanup Events
The Streets and Stormwater Division frequently partners with Keep Orlando Beautiful to host lake and waterway cleanup events throughout the City. Sign up to receive emails from KOB to stay up to date on upcoming cleanup and volunteer events.
Contact Kristen Sims for more details.