Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Shovel out your drains! Can't find it under the snow? Here's a handy map.

The weather is getting warmer, and there's a chance of rain. Our lovely piles of snow are going to melt, and that meltwater has to go somewhere.

If your storm drain is buried and covered with snow and ice, that water will go into the street, forming huge puddles. Worse, it can land in your basement.

Shovel out your drains! If you don't know where the drains are, the City of Ann Arbor has just published a handy map showing every single catch basin in town. View the map here, or download KML or shape files from the Ann Arbor Data Catalog to make your own custom neighborhood map.

Catch basins in the Burns Park area

You can signal your commitment year round towards this goal through the Huron River Watershed Council's Adopt a Storm Drain program, which aims to improve the quality of our streams by removing debris from the storm strains in your neighborhood and labeling them so others know they lead directly to your local waterway. Sign up today!


  1. Thank you for posting this! I've been looking all over trying to find a map. Gotta go find my shovel!

  2. Google Maps Street View can be very helpful for finding the drains too.

  3. What a great map and have to see here. sewer lining under this map looks highlighting. Thank you for it.