Storm Drain Murals of 2017
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!
Just in November, we saw this exchange on twitter:
Saw someone trying to stomp a bag of trash down a catch basin, so I offered to take it to a bin for them. "Where does this go?"— jwetz (@jwetz) November 18, 2017
A whole lot of people think storm drains go to treatment plants. They think they are doing it right. Thank you for speaking up! https://t.co/KX1iqjSJBp— Julie Lawson (@srfrjulie) November 18, 2017
We know there are more people to reach, and that's why this project is so important.
Our 2017 murals were funded through the Community Stormwater Solutions Grant from the Department of Energy and Environment and Doris M. Carter Family Foundation.