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Our Environment: How Can You Help?

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Everything that is on the street, parking lot, or driveway is washed into our streams, everything!

Dirty stormwater is generated from rainwater or snow melt picking up dirt, trash, oil and other contaminants.  Many people think that stormwater is treated or cleaned before it flows to our streams. Not true. Dirty stormwater goes directly into our streams. Anything on streets, parking lots and driveways gets washed away.

Get Involved

There are many ways to help protect our streams and Arvada's environment for future generations. Let's all help Keep Arvada Beautiful!


Volunteer to pick up litter on a chosen route four or more times a year. The City posts a sign with your name on it.  Contracts are two years and can be extended for more. Visit Adopt-A-Street for more information.


The City of Arvada has 135 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails throughout the parks and open space. The Adopt-A-Trail program utilizes volunteers to assist the Parks Department in keeping Arvada beautiful. Visit Adopt-A-Trail for more information.


Your class or civic group can volunteer to place "No Dumping - Drains to Creek" medallions on storm drains. The medallions help communicate that storm drains should not be used to dispose of waste like paint, grass clippings, oil, or anything else generated in our neighborhoods. Call 720-898-7640 if you would like to set up a volunteer day to apply medallions.

Protect Waterways at Home

Download the PDF titled "What Can We Do to Protect Our Waterways" under Resources to find out how each of us can help Arvada's environment at home.

Conserve Water

Visit Water Conservation to find out how to conserve water at home and at work.

Recycle Trash

Curbside recycling is offered by local garbage collectors and carry a fee. Visit Trash and Recycling for more information.

Environmental Education Programs

Learn more about being good stewards of the environment and our waterways through classes and activities at the Majestic View Nature Center.