"Dump no waste, drains to stream"
Many storm drains in our community are stenciled with this important message because storm drains lead directly or indirectly to streams and even the groundwater we drink. There are no filters in the storm drain systems to clean the water before it gets to the river.
Stenciling next to storm drains help raise awareness about the link between the storm drain system and water quality. Pesticides and garden chemicals, soap from car washing, pet waste, and oil from cars all get washed off lawns and streets, down storm drains, and into our water.
Need a project for your club, neighborhood group, or classroom?
Storm drain stenciling may be just the project for you. Every year during the dry season, volunteers from schools, scout groups, community organizations, and churches help to stencil storm drains.
Many areas of the county have not been stenciled or need to be re-stenciled. You can choose an area to stencil. Perhaps your own neighborhood or a site you know of that needs stenciling.
Paint, stencils, and safety equipment are provided at no charge. All you need is an area that needs stenciling, volunteers, and dry weather!