April 29, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Painted Storm Drains Highlight Pollution Prevention

photo of two artistically painted storm drainsFor the third year in a row, James River Basin Partnership (JRBP) and the City of Springfield have partnered on a public art project to raise awareness about water quality and the impact of stormwater pollution.

The project, Storm Drain Reveal, invites local artists to paint murals on storm drains around the city. The 10 storm drains chosen this year all lead to Jordan Creek, which drains into the James River and eventually, Table Rock Lake.

The murals will be unveiled at the May 3 First Friday Art Walk. The artists will be available at their respective drains that evening from 6 to 8 p.m. to chat with the public.

Self-guided walking tour maps are available at www.jamesriverbasin.com, SquidFoo Art Gallery Studio & Hackerspace at 407 N. Boonville, various other locations and will be available at each storm drain during Art Walk.

The public is invited to vote for their favorite mural during Art Walk at SquidFoo or at JRBP's booth at Artsfest May 4-5.

The project's goal is to raise awareness that storm drains lead directly to streams and rivers. Soapy water, litter, yard waste and other pollutants that end up in storm drains can impact water quality. stormwater runoff can also pick up and carry pollutants into our streams such as excess lawn fertilizer, pet waste, cigarette butts and sediment from construction sites. More information about the City's stormwater program and how individuals can help protect water quality is available at www.springfieldmo.gov/stormwater.

The artists whose designs were chosen for this year's Storm Drain Reveal project are:

Storm Drain Reveal has received national attention for its success and innovation in promoting awareness of stormwater pollution prevention. Several cities, including San Francisco, Philadelphia and Anchorage, have inquired about how to start a similar project in their area.

For more information, contact Tiffany Frey, James River Basin Partnership, at tfrey@missouristate.edu or 836-6183; or Carrie Lamb, City of Springfield Department of Environmental Services, at clamb@springfieldmo.gov or 864-1996.

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