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Adopt-A-Waterway Program



It's up to each of us to keep our waters clean...

That's the idea behind the Adopt-A-Waterway Program. The City of Colorado Springs Water Resources Engineering division encourages local businesses, civil and professional organizations, environmental groups, academic institutions, neighborhood groups, and other community-minded organizations to formally Adopt-A-Waterway for the purpose of protecting and improving water quality.

As an adopting organization, your group would be asked to participate in two cleanups a year and maintain your adopted waterway for a minimum of two years. A small commitment for your water quality! So find a nearby waterway and sign up today. Each adopting organization:

  • Must include a minimum of 6 people and have at least 1 adult (21 years or older)
  • Must adopt at least a 1/4 to 1/2 mile stretch of creek or stream. Larger reaches must be approved by staff.
  • Adopts a waterway for a period of at least 2 years
  • Agrees to cleanup their adopted waterway at least two times a year
  • Agrees to coordinate the group's activities with the City's Project coordinator.
  • Agrees to all safety requirements.

Adopt-A-WaterwayThe City of Colorado Springs will recognize adopting groups by providing signage for the adopted waterway. The City also provides trash bags, trash pick up, safety vests (if needed), and other support necessary to adopting groups.

For more information, please contact Jerry Cordova at 719-385-5033 or by email at

Download Adopt-A-Waterway Forms

If you would like to join our program please download and complete the following forms:

Program Checklist (Document No. 1)

Agreement (Document No. 2)

Enrollment (Document No. 3)

Please complete the following forms for each clean-up activity:

Risk and Release (Document No. 4)

Dates and Activities (Document No. 5)

Safety Guidelines (Document No. 6)

Data Form (Document No. 7)

Creek Week and Creative, fun Cleanups:

View Brewshed cleanup schedule

Canoes for a Cause:Clean-n-crawl flier

Leinenkugel Brewing Company adopted a 1 mile segment of Tejon Street and hosted a Clean-N-Crawl cleanup event.  During the Cleanup, the volunteers were educated on the connection between our storm drains and that what goes in the drain goes directly to creek and is NOT treated.  Therefore, leaves, wrappers, plastic bottles, and even dog poop  if left on the street then flows to the creek!  We cleaned every storm drain on this 1 mile segment, swept the curb and gutters at intersections, and also trained the volunteers on how to install our Drain to Creek fish delays and placed them at all storm drains.  An estimated 20 participants registered for the event and over 50 participated the day of the event!

Trash Mobs

Trash Mob logo

To help keep Colorado Springs clean and beautiful, Trash Mobs have been formed to keep walkways, bike paths, and creek corridors free of litter through clean-ups or "trash mobs."  We select a public space such as a creek, trail, park, or neighborhood that have a significant amount of litter, and we set a time and day to go and pick up trash.  A Trash Mob is only 1 hour in length to minimize the impact of volunteer schedules.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own gloves, wear sturdy boots, and practice personal safety.

We welcome community feedback on which areas of Colorado Springs are heavily-littered that we may target for future trash mobs. Additionally, if you or your organization would like to publicize and/or sponsor a trash mob event, we are always in need of publicity, incentives for participants, and trash grabbers to save the mob's back.

Seeking Donations

We are seeking donations to help our volunteers and are in need of the following items:

  • Nitrile Gloves (all sizes)
  • Work Gloves (with a rubber coated palm, all sizes)
  • Trash Pickers, Grippers, and Grabber tools

Creek Week Receives National Recognition

The American Rivers has recognized Creek Week as an Honorable Mention in their National Rivers Cleanup's 2016 River Heroes awards for the Most Volunteers Mobilized.


  • Fountain Creek Watershed District's Creek Week - 2,500
  • Santa Fe Watershed Association's River Cleanup - 1,359
  • Raritan Headwaters Association's Annual Stream Cleanup - 1,347
  • County of Volusia's 20th Annual St. John's River Cleanup - 678 

Here is how the program has grown in three years


Fish Decal


What: Creek Week runs Saturday, September 24th through Sunday October 2nd, 2016.  Individuals and organizations select any date, time and location during this week to volunteer for a clean-up, or participate in one of numerous public events happening in El Paso, Pueblo and Teller Counties. (List of events coming soon!)

Who: Everyone is welcome to participate either individually or form a Creek Crew with your friends, coworkers, and neighbors.  Youth under age 18 must participate with at least one supervising adult 21 years+ (minimum of one adult for every 10 children).  This is a perfect opportunity for service clubs, sports teams, college groups, business, neighborhood associations, community service organizations to join together for the common cause of cleaning up our land and waters.

Where: Select an area near you or work with our Registrar to find an area in need.

Why: To raise awareness about the littering issue in our watershed, to encourage businesses, governments, non-profits, schools, churches to collect litter and make Fountain Creek and its surrounding communities cleaner and safer.