Clean Drains Fort Wayne

Be River SmART

Fort Wayne’s vibrant riverfront and system of waterways are essential to the region’s high quality-of-place.

Clean Drains Fort Wayne is a collaborative effort between Friends of the Rivers, and Fort Wayne City Utilities. This three-year initiative emphasizes the value and importance of preserving and protecting Fort Wayne’s three rivers—the St. Marys, St. Joseph and Maumee.

Why Clean Drains?

Fort Wayne’s vibrant riverfront and system waterways are essential to the region’s high quality-of-place. It is essential that the Fort Wayne community learn and engage in efforts to protect Fort Wayne’s most precious natural resource from pollutants. If these essential waterways are not protected, pollutants, chemical run off and solid waste that enter storm drains will have a negative effect on the rivers such as:

  • Chemical residue, litter and other pollutants can impact the supply source for drinking water.
  • Excess fertilizer causes algae blooms that die and decompose which removes oxygen from the water making it difficult for fish and other aquatic organisms to survive.
  • Litter, including plastic bags, bottles and cigarette butts washed into water bodies can choke, suffocate or disable aquatic life including ducks, fish, birds and river otters.

Sponsor This Event!

We’re still looking for organizations and individuals interested in financially supporting Friends of the Rivers and Clean Drains Fort Wayne. Contact Irene Walters lrenewalters1@gmail.com for more information. 

Friends of the Rivers

SEASON SPONSOR  $20,000

SWEET BREEZE FEST SPONSOR  $15,000

Clean Drains Fort Wayne

HEADWATERS LEVEL (Title Sponsor) $25,000
“Sponsor Logo & Name” will appear as “title sponsor” and be acknowledged with the identifier. Clean Drains Fort Wayne Presented by “Name Of Corporate Title Sponsor” will be prominently presented on:
• All marketing, promotional, digital and printed materials for Clean Drains Fort Wayne initiative and banner and display materials.
• All marketing, promotional, digital and printed materials at Be River SmART: Clean Drains and banner and display materials.
• Fort Wayne Fest on World Rivers Day, September 26, 2021
• All television and social media advertisements and promotions for event AND celebration • VIP invitations to pre-event celebrations
• Booth at Be River SmART: Clean Drains Fort Wayne Fest
• Inclusion of logo-branded item and promotional collateral material in Fest VIP goodie bag • Corporate spokesperson on camera to be included in Clean Drains Fort Wayne video

RIVER SPONSOR $15,000
“Sponsor Logo & Name” will be featured on:
• All marketing, promotional, digital and printed materials for Clean Drains Fort Wayne initiative and banner and display materials.
• All marketing, promotional, digital and printed materials at Be River SmART: Clean Drains and banner and display graphics.
 Fort Wayne Fest on World Rivers Day, September 26, 2021
• All television and social media advertisements and promotions for event AND celebration • VIP invitations to pre-event celebrations
• Booth at Be River SmART: Clean Drains Fort Wayne Fest
• Inclusion of logo-branded item and promotional collateral material in Fest VIP goodie bag • Corporate spokesperson on camera to be included in Clean Drains Fort Wayne video

STREAM SPONSOR $10,000
“Sponsor Logo & Name” will be appear on:
• All marketing, promotional, digital and printed materials for Clean Drains Fort Wayne initiative • All marketing, promotional, digital and printed materials at Be River SmART: Clean Drains. Select banner and display materials.
• Fort Wayne Fest on World Rivers Day, September 26, 2021
• Name included in all press releases and invitations,
• Booth at Be River SmART: Clean Drains Fort Wayne Fest
• Inclusion of logo-branded item in Fest VIP goodie bag
• Corporate spokesperson interviewed about company’s environmental support to be included in Clean Drains Fort Wayne video

TRIBUTARY SPONSOR $5,000
“Sponsor Name” will be:
• Included on some promotional materials for Clean Drains Fort Wayne initiative
• Included on some promotional materials and signage at Be River SmART: Clean Drains
• Fort Wayne Fest on World Rivers Day, September 26, 2021
• Booth at Be River SmART: Clean Drains Fort Wayne Fest
• Inclusion of logo-branded item Fest VIP goodie bag
• Mention of corporate environmental support in Clean Drains Fort Wayne video

CREEK SPONSOR $2,500
“Sponsor Name” will be:
• Included on some promotional materials for Clean Drains Fort Wayne initiative
• Included on some promotional materials and signage at Be River SmART: Clean Drains
• Fort Wayne Fest on World Rivers Day, September 26, 2021
• Booth at Be River SmART: Clean Drains Fort Wayne Fest
• Acknowledgment of corporate environmental support in Clean Drains Fort Wayne video

BROOK SPONSOR $1,000
“Sponsor Name” will be:
• Included on some promotional materials for Clean Drains Fort Wayne initiative
• Included on some promotional materials and signage at Be River SmART: Clean Drains
Fort Wayne Fest on World Rivers Day, September 26, 2021
• Booth at Be River SmART: Clean Drains Fort Wayne Fest
• Acknowledgment of corporate environmental support in credits for Clean Drains

DRAIN HOST  $500
Name will be included on some promotional materials for Clean Drains Fort Wayne initiatives

FRIEND  $100
Name will be included in our year-end report

Neighborhoods Get Involved!

There are plenty of ways to get involved with this initiative!  We need the help and support of the entire community in the areas of education, art, community outreach, event volunteer, and more.  If you are interested for yourself or for your neighborhood, please take time to contact Friends of the rivers HERE.

Schools Get Involved!

If your school would like to participate in a school-wide “Drain Day” contact Susan Burns at slb_burns@yahoo.com.

Engagement Through Art: Local Artists Get Involved!

Clean Drains Fort Wayne initial activation project is a series of storm-drain street-art mural installations throughout Fort Wayne’s downtown and neighborhoods. These artworks will not only cleverly incorporate storm drains, but the designs will also convey the theme: Be River SmART, only YOU can protect Fort Wayne’s rivers!

Call for Artists: If you are interested in participating as a selected artist for this initiative, please contact Pam Holocher at pholocher@comcast.net. You can find more information HERE.  Artists must be 18 or older, and install their work the week of September 10-19. Friends of the Rivers will provide materials for eco-friendly installation as well as a stipend for artists work. Application deadline: July 28, 2021.

 

Clean Drains Fort Wayne Fest

The entire community is invited to celebrate efforts and success of Clean Drains Fort Wayne on World Rivers Day, September 26 2021, at Promenade Park. This free event will include activities, entertainment, food trucks, and a special opportunity to meet the 2021 Storm Drain Artists. There will be opportunities to learn more about area environmental efforts and how you can contribute as a river steward. If you or your organization would like to be a presenter contact Nancy Stewart at npstew@aol.com.

World Rivers Day is a celebration of the world’s waterways – highlighting the value of rivers and increasing public awareness for improved stewardship of the rivers around the globe. World Rivers Day is a way to connect Fort Wayne to a greater goal and purpose.

Be River SmART: Clean Drains Fort Wayne Fest is supported by many local-environmental groups including the Allen County Partnership for Water Quality and Fort Wayne City Utilities.