As stewards we have taken on marking storm drains. Basically we’re putting stickers onto the rainwater drains that can be found on the sides of the streets everywhere. “Think twice before littering or throwing trash down over here,” the stickers tell you, this drain leads right to your nearby river and wastewater treatment facility.
Indeed, what many people don’t realize is that whatever is on the road, quite often enters our storm drains and those materials often lead to our streams. Those are the same streams that run through our parks. In addition, we should think about the smaller things like cigarette butts that people just throw on the ground. Are we thinking about where they go, are they impacting our natural waters?
Hopefully this will help spread awareness and make people think twice before putting whatever on the ground or in the drains. Before throwing the trash down, I would like for them to think, “Wait a minute…”
Don’t leave something on the ground if it’s not something you would like to taste in your drinking water, that’s my motto.
Marking storm drains is fun work. It is important to spread awareness and it feels like I’m doing my part in the community.
If you’re interested in this type of work, go to: www.phillywatersheds.org/your_watershed