Volunteer Programs

In the City of Des Moines there are a number of ways individuals or groups can help protect and restore our natural surface water resources. By volunteering you can help make a difference in the health of our streams and the Puget Sound. 

Storm Drain Marker Volunteer Program (Age 15 and older)
Did you know runoff from the storm drain system is not treated before it reaches our creeks, wetlands and the Puget Sound? When it rains, water runoff collects oil, pet waste, grease, soaps, and sediment. Where it then enters into the storm drain system, polluting the surface water and the environment.

The Surface Water Management Department is looking for Storm Drain Marker volunteer(s) to place "Puget Sound Starts Here” markers near neighborhood storm drains in our community.
Puget Sound Starts Here 

You or your organization can help raise public awareness, protect our water quality, and reduce the amount of pollution by participating as a volunteer in this program. This activity normally takes place during spring and summer. You can spend as much time as you wish and choose the area you want to mark. Instructions, maps, and storm drain marking supplies will be provided. 

For more information on volunteering or to report an illegal discharge, please call Tyler Beekley at (206) 870-6869 or tbeekley@desmoinesawa.gov. 

Friends of Des Moines Creek
Since 1999, Friends of Des Moines Creek has partnered with community volunteers to remove invasive weeds, replant natives, and maintain and protect the Des Moines Creek buffer. Please contact Laura Hartema to inquire about ongoing volunteer opportunities.

Beach Naturalist Program
Beach Naturalists are local citizens who care about Puget Sound beaches and want to protect them. More than 100 Naturalists have volunteered to help people learn about and enjoy area beaches this summer.
Beach Naturalists know their beach. They can help you enjoy the beach without harming it. They can tell you what sea stars eat, why barnacles stand on their heads and how moon snails lay their eggs. Children are especially welcome!
For more information on King County Beach Naturalist Program, go to their website.