Storm Drain Marking

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As part of the Give Water a Hand Campaign, we connect municipalities, citizens and active volunteers together to protect our drinking water. Throughout late spring and summer, volunteers mark storm drains with the phrase "Drains are for Rain, Flows to Waterway" and pass out educational materials in local neighborhoods where citizens are enabled to protect their local waterways.  Marking storm drains is a powerful way to educate people about the possible water contamination during misuse of storm drains. This is because the water (and everything else) that goes down a storm drain, goes straight into the nearest ditch, creek, stream or river untreated. PCS coordinates with municipalities when and where volunteer groups can mark drains around a neighborhood in the greater Toledo area. 


Storm drains drain water away from streets and other paved areas and the water flows straight into the nearest ditch, stream or river untreated. These surfaces could include parking lots, roads, sidewalks, basketball courts and any other paved area with a drain. Storm drains allow water to run off these surfaces quickly through pipes and to the nearest waterway to prevent flooding. Anything on those surfaces (antifreeze, oil, paint) has the potential of going directly into our rivers. It is crucial to prevent hazardous contaminants from getting into our waterways.


Typically, the kick off day for Storm Drain Marking is on Global Youth Service Day in April every spring and continues throughout the summer. Storm Drain Marking can be done whenever it is warm, dry weather. Dates are flexible for your group. Past groups have included multiple youth groups such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, youth clubs, church groups and more  Everyone is welcome to participate but this program is recommended for volunteers ages 10 and up. All equipment and training is provided. To participate, contact our office so we can arrange a location and time for your group. You will most likely be grouped with a local jurisdiction at a convenient time for you. We look forward to your help in sharing the message about storm drains and pollution!


OregonSDMrStorm Drain Marking for Global Youth Service Day is approaching and registration is now closed for April 18th! Over 100 volunteers have registered to mark Storm Drains on Saturday, April 18th with clear message to citizens that “Drains are for Rain, Flows to Waterway” and passing out informational door hangers. From 9:00am-12:00pm they will be marking the storm drains in preselected jurisdictions all around the greater Toledo area to protect our streams from pollution. 


If you would like to do Storm Drain Marking on a different day, at a different time, please let us know so we can get you set up. This program lasts all summer and into the fall. There are plenty of drains to mark near your neighborhood. This is a great learning and volunteer activity for your group. Let us set you up with the right location and supplies.

May1Thank you to the 88 youth volunteers that took to the streets on April 16th, 2016 for Storm Drain Marking, as a part of Global Youth Service Day. These volunteers, from YMCA, scout groups, and the 4H Club, marked a total of 304 storm drains and handed out educational door hangers to 1,063 homes. Through their hard work, our volunteers reminded residents living in Northwood, Sylvania, Washington Township, Waterville, and Oregon that storm drains lead directly to the nearest ditch, creek, or waterway untreated. To help us all remember, a good rule of thumb about what should go down a storm drain is “if you wouldn’t drink it, don’t pour it!” If you know a group that would be interested in participating in Storm Drain Marking throughout the summer, please contact us to get scheduled. Thank you again to our dedicated youth volunteers! Check out these pictures of our youth volunteers in action!

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