Leaf it Be

Fall brings out extraordinary colors in our trees. Hues of reds, yellows, and orangey foliage grace the sky, our yards, and storm drains! Storm drains are an important part of redirecting excess water so our neighborhoods do not flood. This is why it is important that our neighbors know that leaves in storm drains impact our water quality and water flow. During this season it is More than ever it is important to let your neighbors know the impacts of leaves and other yard debris have on our water quality! 

The storm drains in our neighborhood lead straight into our waterways without any treatment. This means anything but pure rainwater is a potential contaminant that negatively impacts water quality, as stormwater runoff often carries nutrients, sediment, and E. coli with it—that includes leaves! Plus, leaves in the storm drain clog our drains and can cause unnecessary flooding and harm to our city’s pipes. Storm Drain Marking is an easy process to notify our neighbors that what goes into the storm drains comes out in our waterways untreated.

We are in the final months of this program this year. Once winter hits Storm Drain Marking will go into hibernation until spring 2021–when the weather permits us to be able to either spray paint a stencil or glue a medallion to our storm drains. Click here to register for a Storm Drain Marking. We will supply all of the equipment; all we need from you is a location and your waivers. Click here to start getting the supplies.