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Adopt A Channel

What is the Adopt A Channel Program?

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on the Adopt A Channel Program.

OC Public Works operates and maintains more than 350 miles of regional flood control channels in Orange County.  These channels provide a vital service protecting life and property by conveying stormwater runoff to prevent flooding of nearby communities. Unfortunately, along with collecting stormwater runoff, these channels also collect trash and debris and, during dry seasons, become laden with graffiti. The main objectives of the Adopt A Channel Program are to target and remove trash from the channels while increasing awareness of the importance of keeping our channels, creeks, and rivers clean.

What would my organization do as a channel adopter?

Adoption may include some or all of the following activities:

·      Inspection of the adopted site on a routine basis

·      Collection and removal of  trash and debris from
      the adopted site on a routine basis

·      Graffiti abatement

·      Identification of household hazardous wastes
      for pick-up by appropriate local agency

·     Identification of issues/challenges observed
     within the channel and notification of such to
     the County

How will my organization benefit by becoming an Adopter? 

Community Investment -The primary benefit to adopters is demonstration of community investment and setting an example for other organizations, businesses and residents within the community to take ownership of our water resources.  Channel adoption encourages employees, residents or other organizations to become involved. This partnership can then be taken out of the workplace and into their everyday lives.  

Public Recognition - Imagery associated with the Adopt A Channel program is still under development, however it is anticipated that each adopter will be granted license for its use in media. The ability to place signage along an adopted segment of channel is also being explored as a potential form of recognition. Annually, thousands of visitors and residents will see your organization’s name supporting an important environmental issue.

Helping the Environment - Each Adopter has the opportunity to positively impact our waterways by improving water quality at our beaches while providing a healthier habitat for wildlife living within our channels.



How long is the commitment to Adopt A Channel?

A minimum of one year commitment is required for each Adopt A Channel agreement. This agreement is renewable for subsequent years provided the Adopter has functioned in accordance with the existing agreement.

Can organizations use volunteers or contractors for channel cleaning efforts?

Yes. Adopters can use volunteers and/or contractors to conduct Adopt A Channel efforts; however, all contractors must receive approval from OC Public Works prior to beginning work.  OC Public Works will assist potential adopters to identify which would work best for their organization. 

I’m interested in adopting a channel, what is the next step? What if I need more information?

OC Public Works is available to answer your questions and to get started in the channel adoption process.  Please contact us using the form below:


OCPW - Watersheds - AdoptChannel Contact Form

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