In 2011 the Cowlitz County Commissioners asked the Department of Public Works to develop an Adopt-A-Road Program at the request of citizens. This program provides citizens with safety equipment, training, and disposal services for roadside litter pickup. Read about the program in this article

Adopt-A-Road programs have been very successful. Citizen groups have removed tons of garbage from roadways and improved their communities. See a list of our groups and adopted roadways here

Selecting a road is easy. You can choose any road in Cowlitz County that is County-maintained. No city streets or highways. Everything else can be adopted by any residential, civil or business group. If you aren't sure if a road is County-maintained, give us a call; we'd be happy to help. STAFF PICK 2012: Tower Road from SR 503 to Tower Road Bridge. If you would like to adopt a Cowlitz County Road, the process is simple.

  • Set up a group—an individual, family, group of coworkers or other.
  • Apply to Department of Public Works. You'll need a group name and an idea of what road you want to patrol.
  • You'll be asked to clean at least one mile of road two times per year for two years.
  • Department of Public Works will provide safety training and supplies as well as trash pickup and disposal.
  • Two signs with your group's name will be placed on the road you have adopted.
  • If you aren't sure if picking up roadside litter is fun, click here for some great photos of our volunteers in action! 

What is the cost of litter?

  • Litter attracts more littering. 15% of littering is attracted by existing visible litter.
  • Property values decrease in areas with high litter.
  • People avoid areas of high litter for outdoor recreation.
  • Clean up costs to public agencies are high, detracting from the development of other public services.

Are you interested? Download the brochure (PDF) and application materials (PDF), call or email today. Program Coordinator:

  • Mark Koelsch
  • (360) 577 - 3030 ext. 6543