Be a Drain Stormer Neighborhood

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.

GET YOUR NEIGHBORS INVOLVED & BECOME A DRAIN STORMER NEIGHBORHOOD!!

Clean & Mark Your Storm Drains

As a Drain Stormer Neighborhood, you and your neighbors will pledge to protect your neighborhood’s storm drains and keep them clean of trash and debris.

STEP 1: Locate and identify all the storm drains in your neighborhood. Click to find storm drains in your neighborhood. 

STEP 2: Use the Clean & Mark materials included in your Neighborhood Drain Stormer Kit. The kit includes everything you need to mark the storm drains with special Only Rain in the Drain medallions. 

STEP 3: Clean the drains and affix medallions adjacent to your neighborhood’s storm drains. Medallions, glue and instructions are included in your Neighborhood Drain Stormer Kit. For additional information on how and where to affix the storm drain medallions CLICK HERE. 

STEP 4: Record the medallions that your neighborhood places on your neighborhood storm drains. Details on how to record your medallion-marked storm drains is included in your Neighborhood Drain Stormer Kit and use the form below to submit marked drains. 

STEP 5: Monitor your neighborhood’s storm drains and keep them clean of trash and debris.

Decorate the Storm Drains

Now that the dirty work is done, Clean Drains Fort Wayne
wants you and your neighbors 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.

And while local/regional artists are in your area painting the storm drains, we want your Drain Stormer Neighborhood 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.

All the necessary materials and information for you and your neighbors to create chalk-designed storm-drain murals are provided in your Drain Stormer Neighborhood Kit.

And depending on where in Fort Wayne your neighborhood is located, we would like you to plan your neighborhood’s storm drain clean, mark and decorate activities around these dates:

Neighborhood Located in Northeast & Northwest*:

Clean & Mark Storm Drains: July 1 – 16, 2022
Decorate Storm Drains: July 16 -24, 2022

*Note: All neighborhoods will receive their Drain Stormer Neighborhood Kits by June 30, 2022.  

Neighborhood Located in Southeast & Southwest*:

Clean & Mark Storm Drains: August 1 – 13, 2022
Decorate Storm Drains: August 13 – 21, 2022

*Note: All neighborhoods will receive their Drain Stormer Neighborhood Kits by July 29, 2022.  

Downtown Neighborhood *:

Clean & Mark Storm Drains: September 1- 10, 2022
Decorate Storm Drains: September 10 -17, 2022

*Note: All neighborhoods will receive their Drain Stormer Neighborhood Kits by August 31, 2022.  

Be Drain Stormer Neighborhood Proud

As an official Drain Stormer Neighborhood, you have assisted CLEAN DRAINS FORT WAYNE in generating awareness for why we must all Be River SmART.

We want to celebrate your efforts at the CLEAN DRAINS FORT WAYNE FEST on World Rivers’ Day, Sunday, September 25th.

STORM THE CELEBRATION!!

  • WHAT: CLEAN DRAINS FORT WAYNE FEST 2022
  • WHEN: Sunday, September 25, 2022, 12 – 4 pm
  • WHERE: Promenade Park
  • FYI: FREE TO ALL

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Irene Walters
Co-Chairwoman, Clean Drains Fort Wayne
Irenewalters1@gmail.com, 260.341.4586

Nancy Stewart
Co-Chairwoman, Clean Drains Fort Wayne
npstew@aol.com, 260.437.9339

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