The storm drainage system is often mistaken as a part of the sewer system. Picking up trash and pollutants along the way, stormwater flows into a storm drain and travels through underground pipes to the nearest body of water. Stormwater carrying fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria, oil, or leaves and grass clippings is not treated before entering a creek, stream, river or reservoir. Wildlife living in and around the water body are directly impacted by this untreated runoff. We must make every effort to reduce unwanted pollution from making its way into a storm drain.
Storm drain marking includes inserting a labeled plaque above the drain to warn and inform unaware citizens not to dump pollutants. Stormwater SMART provides ‘No Dumping’ plaques to our member communities at no charge. You can contact us to get your group involved in a storm drain marking project in your area.
Storm Drain Art
Storm drain art is a phenomenon that adds creative flair to building awareness around where storm drains lead. Colorful, eye-catching designs bring attention to the aquatic ecosystem present at the other end of the drain pipe and the potential harm of dumping pollutants into their habitat. Storm drain art contests have happened all over the country, engaging citizens to take ownership of their watershed.