Keep Manatee Beautiful seeks volunteers to “Mark A Drain for Only Rain” in Manatee County. Volunteers can call Keep Manatee Beautiful at 795-8272 to check out kits to place permanent placards by storm drains.
Many people believe storm drains connect to sewer treatment systems. In southwest Florida, whatever enters storm drains is discharged into a neighboring body of water, such as the Manatee River, Tampa Bay and Gulf of Mexico, without benefit of treatment. Pollutants that enter storm drains include used oil and antifreeze from vehicles, chemicals and grass clippings from yards, pet waste and litter. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, more than 60 percent of water pollution in the United States comes from urban and agricultural stormwater runoff.
The placement of these placards alerts people to the fate of runoff water and the pollution carried with it from lawns and streets. While this project doesn’t solve all water pollution problems, it is a practical, positive, easy first step toward public education, involvement and support for local watershed stormwater pollution prevention. The placards tell people not to dump into the storm drains and why.
To volunteer for “Mark a Drain for Only Rain”, please call Keep Manatee Beautiful at 795-8272 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.