The objective of this voluntary program is to increase public awareness of the environmental and maintenance needs along Hardin County's roadways by using adopted sections of roadsides as an example of the opportunities available for the public to improve the condition and appearance of our County.

Types of Activities

Adopt-A-Roadway activities may take the form of:
  • litter pick-up
  • wildflower and native prairie plantings
  • preservation of existing native plant communities
  • landscaping or erosion control projects
  • improvement of wildlife habitats
  • control of invasive weeds or brush within the right-of-way.
These activities are generally labor intensive, expensive and often considered as a lower priority to pavement maintenance or public safety needs. In order to provide the most effective management of County roadside areas, participation by public service and private groups is encouraged.

Adopting a Road

The Adopt-A-Roadway Program allows groups or individuals to adopt a specific section of a County road. Through this adoption they may assume responsibility for any or all of the eligible items listed below. The available activities have the potential to:
  • Reduce litter along Hardin County's roadways
  • Enhance the environmental quality and beauty of our roadsides
  • Build broad-based community support for anti-litter and Iowa beautification programs
To Apply
If you or your organization are interested in adopting a roadside in Hardin County, please fill out the Adopt-A-Roadside Application Online or download the Adopt-A-Roadside Application (PDF). Any questions about the application should be directed to the Roadside Vegetation Manager at 641-939-8263 or by email.

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