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8/21/2014

Storm drain stencils remind residents of need to safeguard waterways

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Ron Wierenga, Environmental Services
Phone: (360) 397-2121 ext. 4264
Ron.Wierenga@clark.wa.gov

Vancouver, WA – The weather is sunny and warm, a perfect time to add reminders to storm drains about the need to keep out pollutants before the rainy season begins.

Clark County Environmental Services has stencil kits available for residents to paint “Dump No Waste – Drains to Stream” on pavement in front of storm drains.

Polluted stormwater runoff is the leading cause of water pollution in urban streams. Dirt, fertilizers, oil, pet waste and other pollutants routinely wash into storm drains and make their way into streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands, where they can harm fish and other aquatic life.

County kits offer all the materials needed to label storm drains, including stencils, paints, safety vests, traffic cones and other supplies.

Volunteers must follow all safety guidelines. They can stencil drains only on residential streets, not arterials, highways or other busy roads with high traffic speeds or vehicle volumes.

“This is a great way to remind your neighbors of the important role we all can play in reducing polluted storm runoff,” said Don Benton, Environmental Services director. “Safety always is our paramount consideration, so please explicitly follow all safety protocols.”

Many areas of the county have not been stenciled or need to be re-stenciled. Volunteers can contact the Clean Water Program at (360) 397-2121 to identify potential drain locations in their neighborhoods or reserve a kit.

Kits are available in Environmental Services at the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St. For additional information, visit the county website at www.clark.wa.gov/environment/stormwater/stenciling.html.

Information on other ways residents can protect water is at www.clarkgreenneighbors.org.

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