Storm Drain Marking

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Any water that enters a storm drain goes straight into the nearest ditch, creek, stream, or river untreated. Storm drains take in water from paved areas including, parking lots, roads and sidewalks and allow water to run off these surfaces quickly to the nearest waterway to prevent flooding. Anything on those surfaces (antifreeze, oil, paint) has the potential of going directly into our rivers. It is crucial to prevent hazardous contaminants from getting into our waterways.

As part of the Give Water a Hand Campaign, our Storm Drain Marking program connects municipalities, citizens, and active volunteers to protect our drinking water. Throughout late spring and summer, volunteers mark storm drains with the phrase "Drains are for Rain, Flows to Waterway" and pass out educational materials in local neighborhoods. Marking storm drains is a powerful way to educate people about the possible water contamination during the misuse of storm drains.

Storm Drain Marking can be done whenever there is warm, dry weather. Dates are flexible for your group. Everyone is welcome to participate, but this program is recommended for volunteers ages 10 and up. All equipment and training is provided by PCS. To participate, contact our office so we can arrange a location and time for your group. We look forward to your help in sharing the message about storm drains and preventing water pollution!

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