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