Adopt A Stream provides the resources to help you organize a stream cleanup in the Greater Des Moines area. From adopting a stream to getting permission to access the stream, we have the step-by-step guidance and forms you need.


Adopt a Stream connects us directly to our streams - so we can clean them, enjoy them, name them and celebrate the improvements in our water quality and soil erosion over time. As we become ever better water and soil stewards, we'll see improvements in the health of our lands and people. 

Upcoming Cleanups

RDG Creek Crew - April 25
Where: Tributary to the Des Moines River, first tributary south of Euclid and to the west
When: 8 a.m. on April 25 
Meeting Place: Trestle Trail Parking lot south of Polk County Human Services Building off Euclid.
Contact Team 

Michael & Lisa McCoy Team - April 25
Where: Walnut Creek in Clive
When: Noon on April 25 
Contact Team 

Green & Sustainable Clive - April 26
Where: Walnut Creek, Greenbelt Park Trail between 73rd and 86th St. in Clive
When: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., April 26
Meeting Place: Greenbelt Trailhead, 7700 University Ave.
Contact Team 

Troop 202 West Des Moines - April 26
Where: Walnut Creek, Grand Ave. to North Valley Drive in Des Moines
When: 9 a.m. to Noon, April 26
Meeting Place: Pal Joey's, 6224 Grand Ave.
Contact Team  or   Download Flyer  

Make Your Positive Impact

Through Adopt a Stream, local governments, organizations, businesses and community members are brought together to work on behalf of our creeks and streams. This unique opportunity lets groups and individuals see first-hand how their actions can have a positive impact on the health and beauty of their community, state, and nation.This website offers an overview of the Adopt a Stream program and the tools and resource you need to get directly involved in stream cleanup, promoting water awareness and others ways you can help our creeks and streams stay the best they can be.