Storm drains, also known as catch basins, are important pieces of city infrastructure. It is a common misconception that storm drains lead to a wastewater treatment plant - water entering drains receives no treatment and is discharged directly into the closest waterway. Aside from the dirt and pollution that is simply washed off urban surfaces into the waterways, your property may be contributing to water quality issues in local streams without you even knowing.
The Storm Drain Marking Program helps remind residents and visitors not to dump unwanted materials such as grass clippings into the drains. Volunteers glue markers to storm drains to remind people of the consequences of dumping these materials in drains. They also help distribute door hangers to homes in the project area.
The project areas are broken into sections requiring approximately one to two hours of work. The city provides instructions and all materials, including safety vests. The projects are best accomplished with a group of at least four people. Groups with children are welcome but the recommended minimum age is eight years old. Groups can set their own schedule with this activity and return materials to the city when the project is completed.
Kits and instructions can be picked up at City Hall. Questions about the program can be directed to the Engineering Department at 651-714-3593.