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.
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!
Where does the water on your street drain to?
Artists have created designs that are ready to paint this summer!
Fish of shapes, sizes, and styles!
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.
The program is divided in two phases.
Phase 1 - April - July 10th
Phase 2 - July 16th - October 15th
We foster public understanding of water resource issues through facilitation, education and outreach
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.
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.
#1 Storm Drain - corner of Chapel & Mill St
#2 Storm Drain - corner of Chapel & Mill St
#3 Storm Drain - corner of Mill/ Saltonstal
#4 Storm Drain - corner of Wolcott & Mill St.
#5 Storm Drain - corner of Wolcott & Mill St.
Aerial of cross walk/ STOP and storm drains