Because storm drains flow directly to our lakes, rivers and bayous, NOT to
wastewater treatment plants, storm drain marking is an essential element of the
state’s stormwater pollution prevention program. Rainwater picks up street
litter, yard waste, lawn fertilizers, pesticides, pet waste, and oils and fluids
from driveways and streets. The first inch of runoff from a storm generally
carries 90% of the pollution and causes at least half of water quality problems.
The storm drain marking program is a hands-on project for volunteers who are
interested in educating the public about nonpoint source pollution prevention.
The markers are placed on storm drain inlets and intend to remind citizens to
help protect our waters from pollution that can be harmful to fish and wildlife and increase weed and algae growth. Even the best plan for managing watersheds
and controlling nonpoint source pollution cannot succeed without community
participation and cooperation. An aggressive public outreach and education
program, therefore, is essential for local communities to develop and maintain.
Education and outreach strategies and ideas would, raise the community’s
consciousness about the importance of water quality and the watersheds draining
to our ponds, lakes, rivers, bayous, and eventually the Gulf of Mexico.