Adopt A Stream

We need your help to create a safer, healthier place for people and wildlife, and to help improve local water quality. Litter is a serious problem in Rockville's watersheds. Trash and other pollutants travel from streets and parking lots through storm drains and into our local creeks.

Make Your Positive Impact 

Individuals, families, businesses and community groups can adopt a stream in Rockville and organize cleanups to help our waterways stay free of litter and other contaminants. Even a small group of volunteers can remove large amounts of debris from streams in a short period of time.

Your group can choose to formally adopt a stream or participate in a one-time cleanup (two weeks' notice required). We also schedule public cleanups throughout the year so check the calendar often. See our interactive map below to find a stream near you that needs adoption. Please note that the Adopt-A-Stream program is on hold during the winter.

Still have questions? Contact: 

Environmental Management
111 Maryland Ave.
Rockville, MD 20850
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Upcoming Stream Cleanups

Join a public stream cleanup. MCPS SSL hours available. Space is limited and online registration is required. 

DateTimeLocationRegistration Link
Saturday, October 1410 a.m. to NoonMaryvale ParkRegister here
Saturday, October 219 a.m. to 11 a.m.Twinbrook ParkRegister here
Saturday, October 2110 a.m. to NoonDawson Farm ParkRegister here

Become a Volunteer


Review Guidelines

Learn more about the program and how you can make a difference by reading the Adopt-A-Stream General Program Conditions and Adopt-A-Stream Safety Guidelines.



Review the agreement terms and complete the online application.


Release Form

After you’ve submitted the application and been accepted, each volunteer in your group must sign the release form before participating in a cleanup. Release forms must be returned to