Be a Drain Stormer Family

Clean Drains Fort Wayne: Be River SmART is a collaborative initiative between Friends of the Rivers and Fort Wayne City Utilities that uses art to convey the message … only rain in the drain.

With its three rivers – St. Joe, St. Marys and Maumee – it is important that all of Fort Wayne’s residents become protectors of this vital and precious natural resources. We use our rivers for both recreation and the source for our drinking water.

If the city’s system of storm drains isn’t protected then trash, grass clippings, dog poop and chemicals that go down the storm drains will be untreated and end up in our rivers.

As a Drain Stormer Family, you pledge to protect the storm drains near and/or in front of your house. You will work to keep them clean of trash and debris.

Locate, Clean and Decorate Your Storm Drains

Sign-up to be a Drain Stormer Family by clicking the box to the right. 

Locate and identify the storm drains in front and around your home.

Clean the storm drains to ensure only rain goes down the drain.

Email Jennifer Lash, of City Utilities to let know about the storm drains you have adopted; and a member of its team will come out and affix official Only Rain in the Drain medallions
on your storm drains. Email:

Continue to monitor your neighborhood’s storm drains and keep them clean of trash and debris.

Decorate your Storm Drains

Image of Drain with the Slogan Only Rain Down the Drain

 Now that the dirty work is done, Clean Drains Fort Wayne wants you and your family to get in on the fun.

Clean Drains creates artful message-oriented storm drain murals to generate awareness that we must all work together to ensure only rain in the drain.

While local/regional artists are in your area painting the storm drains, we want your Drain Stormer Family to get out and decorate your medallion-marked storm drains to bring attention to the fact that what goes down the drain ends up in our rivers.

The best way to decorate your storm drains is to create chalk-designed storm drain murals.

Depending on where in Fort Wayne your neighborhood is located, we would like your family to get out and clean and decorate your storm drains around these dates:

Neighborhood Located in Northeast & Northwest: Decorate Storm Drains:
July 16 -24, 2022

Neighborhood Located in Southeast & Southwest: Decorate Storm Drains: August 13 – 21, 2022

Downtown Neighborhood: Decorate Storm Drains:
September 10 -17, 2022

DIY RECIPE: Make your own Sidewalk Chalk

Make your own sidewalk chalk. It is easier than drawing with chalk and you can use a brush for easier painting!

Be Drain Stormer Proud: Join the Fun!

 As an official Drain Stormer Family, you have assisted CLEAN DRAINS FORT WAYNE in generating awareness for why we must all Be River SmART.
Be sure to come out and celebrate at CLEAN DRAINS FORT WAYNE FEST.


WHAT: Enjoy a night of games, food trucks, music and the showing of the family friendly movie Finding Nemo, and enjoy September 24th Family Night games, food trucks, music and 5:30 pm movie 7pm

WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 2022 
5pm: Fun & Games Begin
7pm: Movie

WHERE: Promenade Park

FREE TO ALL. Be sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets. 


WHEN: Sunday, September 25, 2022, 12 – 4 pm

WHERE: Promenade Park


The afternoon will be jam-packed with family-friendly fun from live music, food trucks, riverfront activities, rides on SweetBreeze and river pontoons, games & educational opportunities and of course visits with Friendly the Otter!

It is also the perfect opportunity for CLEAN DRAINS FORT WAYNE to recognize you and your family for stepping up and becoming a Drain Stormer Family! So, gather your family, from the youngest to the oldest, and start protecting your storm drains