Nashville nonprofit adopting out storm drains to residents to reduce flood waters

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Jana Deluna sees all types of trash in the storm drains near her home on Spence Enclave Lane.  

“Aluminum cans, plastic bottles,” Deluna said. 

But instead of passing it by, she cleans it up.  

“It’s something I have to monitor every week,” Deluna said. “It’s a simple thing to do, and it just takes a couple minutes.”  

She’s adopted about 50 storm drains in her neighborhood with the goal of keeping her community clean and preventing flooding. 

“When water rushes down, there’s nowhere else to go except right into these storm drains,” she said.  

Deluna is part of the nonprofit Nashville Clean Water Project which helps people adopt storm drains and keep them clean.  

“That’s what our program is all about, trying to prevent that localized flooding,” said Mark Thien, executive director of the nonprofit.  

About 1,000 storm drains have already been adopted through the program. Most of them are near the adopters’ home or job. 

“It literally is just right outside your door or at the end of your street,” Thien said.  

If there’s constant back up or a serious trash issue, it gets reported to the city, according to Deluna. 

“If there is something constantly blocking the drain like if there’s construction going on or polluters,” Deluna said.  

It’s a small movement the nonprofit hopes will make a big impact. 

“It takes five minutes out of your week and that’s it,” Deluna said.  

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