Stormwater runoff from urban streets is th major source of water pollution in our local waterways. Studies show that storm drain art works to raise citizen awareness of storm drain connections to local lakes and rivers. In one study, more than 75% of people exposed to decorated storm drains knew where their water went.
Art painted on storm drains draws awareness to the dangers of pollutants in our waterways. This video highlights a Storm Drain Art project in Reno, Nevada depicting 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!
Lots of Fish is accepting new submissions for storm drain art ideas! There's 3 easy ways to submit your storm drain art design.
You can use our template or blank paper if you need a larger space to design on (feel free to send a design made on any size piece of paper). The storm drain specifications are for a typical drain and sidewalk. You do not need to fill the entire space, just don't go beyond it. We will adapt any designs that go outside the given perimeter of the space available.
Artworks should be kept simple and easy to touch-up. The artworks will be maintained annually by our Green Jobs 4 Youth Summer Program. For this reason and for the longevity of the artworks, we advise keeping your design bold without too much detail.
Many storm drains have a similar dimension for designs. There are some that require site-specific design, such as a connected utility box or adjacent fire hydrant that can be incorporated into your design. Please contact us if you are interested in one of these sites.
We will be updating our website and social media with our project schedule as it's determined. You are welcome to come help paint. Groups are limited to 10 due to COVID social distancing. It is important to sign up on specific days and times.
If you want to be recognized for your art contribution, please send your social media links, your full name, and contact info. Our Submission form is a good tool for us to keep your information on file.
We reserve the right to adapt your design accordingly and tastefully to the site specifications or to meet our maintenance program requirements.
#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
CFE/Save the Sound works to protect and restore the air, land, and water in the Long Island Sound region (CT and NY). They 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. Lots of Fish created Storm Drain Art at the Cold Spring School and Martinez School to enhance the trail while teaching people where stormwater goes!
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