A popular method for getting the message out about our effect on our lakes and streams and for getting students and volunteers involved is the labeling of storm drains. The idea is simple: let the public know that when they dump something down the drain, it just doesn’t disappear nor necessarily goes through some treatment plant. Often their careless disposal of fertilizers or oil goes directly into a waterbody.
Below are some pictures of storm drain stencils that have been used by groups.
|The City of Austin, Texas storm drain marking program is a hands-on project for volunteers who are interested in educating the public about pollution prevention. The markers with the message… “NO DUMPING – DRAINS TO CREEK” displayed are placed on storm drain inlet filters to remind us that rainfall runoff can wash soil, yard waste, fertilizer, motor oil, and other contaminants into our waterways.|
|City of Palo Alto||Friends of the Mississippi River|
Four Mile Run Storm Drain Stenciling Program
|Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District (NVSWCD)|
Here is an Eagle Scout project with some great pictures: http://www.earthwardconsulting.com/scouts/eric_ward_eagle/eaglewebpage1.htm
Links thanks to David Ward
Some programs to affix markers rather than use stencils
You could make a video such as the one made by Eagle Scout Ty Onuma for Clean Water Honolulu
Some Commercial Sources of Templates and Decals
If you have a website with pictures of storm drain stencils that are different from those illustrated, we would be happy to put pictures or links to your page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.