Nashville's Clean Water Project Wants You To 'Adopt A Storm Drain,' Keep Waterways Clear

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville is a city on the rise, but new construction, mixed with rainy weather can clog storm-drains. Now, there's a project, helping curb the problem. 

"Most people think it's something to city has to do -- it's their problem," said Jana DeLunna. "There are over 40,000 storm drains in Nashville. So the city just doesn't have the time or the personnel to keep up with that. Some construction agencies may not know their polluting but the sentiment from the construction projects may wash into the drains. Cigarette butts things like that. It's all considered litter."

DeLuna is a member of Nashville's Clean Water Project. She says pollutants from all the new construction often end up in the street, then travel to our rivers, creeks and streams.

"I was at an event at the Cumberland River and I noticed some flyers for the storm drain project. So I looked it up and I noticed there were about 40 or 50 in my neighborhood. So I decided to adopt all of them and every week or before or after heavy rain falls I go check on them make sure everything is clean."

DeLuna says she hopes other Nashvillians adopt drains in their areas. 

"Super easy. You just go to our interactive map on our website," she said. 

It's a simple step, but one that makes a big impact on a growing city. 

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