Painting storm drains in Reservoir Hill

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Young people painting a storm drain at Linden Ave. and Lennox St. (August 2012)

Over the past few months, neighbors in Reservoir Hill have used bits of chalk, paint, and imagination to show how much they care about protecting our local streams and rivers. In late spring we painted a street mural, and later this summer we installed educational signs at the Rec Center that explain the importance of storm water runoff.   As part of the original design process for the street mural, neighbors worked with MICA artists to create stencils that can be used on storm drains throughout the neighborhood. These stencils are part of a citywide initiative to raise awareness about the connection between our storm drains and our waterways.

This summer, neighborhood kids and adults worked together to paint some of Reservoir Hill's own storm drains. Did you know that water passing through storm drains isn't treated at all before it ends up in the Jones Falls, Harbor, or Chesapeake Bay? When it rains, trash dumped in the streets rushes into the storm drains, and then into our waterways-- polluting our water and harming Chesapeake Bay wildlife.

Is there a storm drain on your block that you'd like to paint? A brighter, cleaner block is possible in these 4 simple steps!

Step 1: Call RHIC and reserve the storm drain stencil kit

 You can borrow stencils from RHIC just like you can borrow tools! Call the office (410-225-7547) to reserve the stencils and paints now.

Step 2: Find a friend and a blank (or faded) storm drain

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Step 3: Prep the space

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Step 4: Pick your stencils, place cardboard to keep the area around it keep, and spray!

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