Keep It Clean: That’s Exactly What Orange County’s Adopt A Channel Program is Doing
We all know about California’s Adopt A Highway program that’s been in existence for more than 25 years. But few people know about a similar program in Orange County that’s keeping flood-control channels free of litter and graffiti. It’s called the Adopt A Channel program and it’s making a positive environmental, scenic and fiscal impact on the County.
The idea of the program was sparked when the Disneyland Resort approached the County with the idea of adopting a portion of channel just downstream from the theme park that they would keep clean. After a successful two-year pilot program, Orange County took the program countywide.
In just over two years, the volunteers have picked up more than 9,000 pounds of trash and debris, while removing more than 45,000 square feet of graffiti. The program is continuing to grow as more businesses and community members are getting involved and adopting channels to keep clean.