To sign up, people can go to www.Hamilton-oh.gov/adoptabasin and provide their name, address and an email address. There is no cost to participate.
Mayor Pat Moeller brought the idea to the city’s attention last year, based on what other cities have been doing. Those cities include New Orleans; Jersey City, N.J.; Seattle; and Grand River, Mich.
Since some severe flooding of parts of Hamilton’s West Side during 2016, “the city has aggressively looked at ways to help remedy street flooding and/or sewer backups that potentially impact private property as well as the streets themselves,” Gurr said.
Steps the city has taken have included installing larger storm-sewer pipes near trouble spots and using video inside the storm sewers to identify trouble spots, such as clogs or broken pipes that were contributing to flooding.
More than five dozen catchbasins already have been adopted.
Moeller said he went online a couple weeks ago and adopted two and found the process easy.
Council member Susan Vaughn also has adopted a couple.
“It’s easy. When I walk, I just take a bag, and I pick up trash and leaves,” she said.