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Public Outreach

Public outreach, education, involvement, and participation make up MCMs 1 and 2 of the City's Stormwater Management Plan, and are also an important part of all the City’s environmental programs. By working together with residents, we can create a shared understanding and keep our stormwater clean!

Volunteer Events

The City typically holds two volunteer clean-up events per year. These are usually litter clean-ups and household hazardous waste collections, which remove trash and chemicals that would otherwise cause problems in the MS4. Plus, these events help keep your home safe and our city beautiful!

Last year Avondale hosted a volunteer Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day on November 1st, 2014. A river clean-up event was also scheduled for the Tres Rios Nature Festival on March 10th, but the area was closed. At the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day, over 91Stormwater outreach vehicles dropped off an estimated 3,800 pounds of waste that could have otherwise clogged storm drains or made its way into the environment. Way to go residents!

Keep an eye on the Special Events Calendar for information on upcoming volunteer events!

Public Outreach Events

The City hosts several other events aimed at engaging the public in stormwater education. City staff attends events like the Resident Appreciation Night, HOA meetings, area events and festivals, and government meetings to provide information and updates on stormwater management and pollution prevention. We also installed STORM placards that read “Storm Drain – No Dumping” at catch basins throughout the city in late 2005 as a reminder that nothing but rain should go down storm drains. Staff also gives yearly Stormwater Management Program (SWMP) updates at City Council meetings, which are always open to the public.

Stormwater brochure

The City has created educational materials that detail how the SWMP works and how residents and businesses can help prevent stormwater pollution. These educational materials are widely distributed at libraries, park facilities, community centers, the American Sports Center, City Hall, HOA meetings, Resident Appreciation Night, water conservation events, 4th of July celebrations, in new resident packets, and in the RAVE Review.

Storm Drain DanMedia

The City shares information on stormwater management and pollution prevention using a variety of mediums, including cable channel 11, magazines ads, radio, and on movie screens prior to the feature. Together, these public service announcements reach millions of residents around the Valley.


Have questions, concerns, or comments about Avondale’s Stormwater Management Program? Have you seen a violation or illegal discharge that needs reporting? If so, contact Drew Bryck, Avondale’s Environmental Program Manager, at 623-333-4220 or .