Storm Drain Murals of 2017

By Maureen Farrington

Storm drains are the fast lane for our urban stormwater to reach the Anacostia River. And when that drain looks just like a curb, it can be hard to remember that the hole in the road is a direct line to one of our most precious natural resources. 

Since our earliest days, the Anacostia Watershed Society has worked to restore this connection. We've been stenciling storm drains since our inception, making this vital aspect of a heathy environment stand out. Here's a blog post from 2014 about this work. It's interesting to see the evolution of our designs!

This year, our storm drain project went into full steam, and we created a map so you can check out these new murals in person!

Call For Artists:

17th Street Storm Drain Project to Promote LGBTQ Neighborhood Identity

Stormdrains AWS painted in 2014 in Brookland

Description

AWS is seeking artists to create designs and paint murals on storm drains along 17th Street NW. The goal of these murals is to both raise awareness of storm drains as a connection to our local waterways and promote the neighborhood’s LGBTQ identity. Selected artists will receive a commission of $775 per storm drain. Materials (paint, brushes, etc) are provided outside of the artist's commission. The Anacostia Watershed Society will help coordinate volunteers for painting the project. Designs are due by 5pm on June 16th. Mural installation will take place in late June/early July 2017.

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Specifications

Rhode Island Avenue Trolley Trail Extension Under Construction


Historic photo of a trolley running on the future hike/biker grade in Hyattsville, MD 
(credit: trainweb.org)

Not everyone knows it yet, but AWS is starting to focus on recreation in a big way. We're firm believers that recreation leads to stewardship and vice versa. Of course, that all fits in with our main mission which is to clean the water, recover the shores and honor the heritage of the Anacostia River.

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