CBU invites residents to help monitor storm drains as Brood X cicada emergence comes

BLOOMINGTON – The City of Bloomington Utilities Department (CBU) invites residents to help with monitoring storm drains as the Brood X cicada emergence comes to an end.  With the completion of the insects’ life cycle over the next few weeks, storm drains, gutters, and downspouts may become clogged.

In order to prevent water quality and quantity challenges, residents are encouraged to keep an eye on stormwater infrastructure at their home, business, and around town.  If you see stormwater inlets clogged with cicadas and/or other debris, fill out a uReport at bloomington.in.gov/ureport

You can also consider joining CBU’s Adopt-a-Drain volunteer efforts.  The family-friendly endeavor helps to protect and increase water quality while reducing flood risk.  With over 12,000 storm drains within City limits, there is ample opportunity to adopt one near you. Duties include: 

  • Inspecting storm drains once per month
  • Clearing storm drains when needed 
  • Submitting quarterly reports

Reminders, including related stormwater tips and information, will be sent monthly and you will also receive a notice of related events that may impact storm drains. Submit volunteer applications at bloomington.in.gov/utilities/stormwater/adopt-a-drain

For more information, please contact Kriste Lindberg, CBU’s Stormwater Education Specialist, at stormwater@bloomington.in.gov or 812-349-3617.