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Art and Environment - Reduce Pollution - Storm Drain Art

Fifty Fish!

Fifty Fish on 50 Storm Drains! A large amount of pollution in rivers, and streams comes from oil residue, fertilizers, and litter carried by storm water runoff into our storm drains. Studies show that storm drain art works to raise citizen awareness of storm drain connections to local waterways.

50 Fish- Community Match Fund matches dollar-for-dollar donations raised from the community.
Help support our Earth Day campaign!

50 Fish- donations are matched by Sustainable CT

Sustainable CT is an initiative of the Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) at Eastern Connecticut State University meant to assist communities in becoming more resilient and sustainable. The Community Match Fund provides a dollar-for-dollar match to donations raised from the community!

Storm Drain Art Mapping

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Interactive Mapping

Where does the water on your street drain to?

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Future Storm Drain Art Site

Artists have created designs that are ready to paint this summer!

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50 Fish!

Fish of shapes, sizes, and styles!

50 Fish Educates

Let's Paint Lots of Fish

During 2020, and in celebration of the 50th year of Earth Day, Lots of Fish’s  Runoff Art program will engage New Haven artists, educators, students, and citizens in a multi-faceted stormwater Public Outreach & Education program to help reduce pollutants entering water bodies through stormwater runoff.  Fifty Fish kicks off LOF's national public outreach & education campaign in New Haven.  This robust public education program produces and maintains storm drain art, rain barrel art and cross street banners, but also engages students in school-based lessons and public Citizen Science activities that support the health of our local waterways and marine habitats. 


Fifty Fish kicks off LOF's pilot Runoff Art program. Runoff Art is being developed as an adaptable and scalable model for communities in Connecticut and beyond. The program aligns with MS4 to help municipalities meet their permit requirements to reduce pollutants entering waterways through stormwater runoff. 


The pilot has 6 main components.


  1. Art and QR codes installed on 50 Storm Drains and up to 20 rain barrels
  2. User-friendly map (GIS) to host a variety of informative and interactive experiences
  3. Educational presentations and musical performances
  4. Lesson plans, worksheets, and activities for schools
  5. Citizen Science activities & Storm Drain Adoption program  
  6. Surveys/Quizzes to quantify educational benefits and citizen response



The program is divided in two phases. 

Phase 1 -  April - July 10th 

Phase  2 - July 16th - October 15th

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We foster public understanding of water resource issues through facilitation, education and outreach

Storm Drain Art

Art painted on storm drains draws awareness to the dangers of pollutants in our waterways. This video Public Art vs. Pollution; Storm Drain Art project in Reno, Nevada depict storm drains as the mouth of the River. We wouldn't put litter, oil from cars or lawn fertilizer in our mouths, so we shouldn't put them in the River's mouth.


Get ideas from our Storm Drain Art Gallery


Watch more Storm Drain Art project videos.


Get Started

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Storm Drain Art Gallery

Why make Art on Storm Drains?

Storm Drain Art Gallery

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Download a Template

Why make Art on Storm Drains?

Storm Drain Art Gallery

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Why make Art on Storm Drains?

Why make Art on Storm Drains?

Why make Art on Storm Drains?

Mill River Trail - Storm Drain Art

Cold Spring & Martinez Schools


CFE/Save the Sound works to protect and restore the air, land, and water in the Long Island Sound region (CT and NY). We work a lot on keeping pollution out of the Sound, and are taking the lead on extending the Mill River Trail south from Grand Ave to Criscuolo.  The Storm Drain Art project will enhance the trail while teaching people where our stormwater goes. 

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Upcoming Projects

Chapel & Mill St #1

Mill St & Saltonstal Ave. #3

Chapel & Mill St #1

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#1 Storm Drain - corner of Chapel & Mill St

Chapel & Mill St #2

Mill St & Saltonstal Ave. #3

Chapel & Mill St #1

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#2 Storm Drain - corner of Chapel & Mill St

Mill St & Saltonstal Ave. #3

Mill St & Saltonstal Ave. #3

Mill St & Saltonstal Ave. #3

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#3 Storm Drain - corner of Mill/ Saltonstal

Wolcott & Mill St # 4

Crosswalk & STOP Mill St

Mill St & Saltonstal Ave. #3

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#4 Storm Drain  - corner of Wolcott & Mill St.

Wolcott & Mill St # 5

Crosswalk & STOP Mill St

Crosswalk & STOP Mill St

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#5 Storm Drain  - corner of Wolcott & Mill St.

Crosswalk & STOP Mill St

Crosswalk & STOP Mill St

Crosswalk & STOP Mill St

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Aerial of cross walk/ STOP and storm drains