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Storm Drain Stenciling Project

May 18, 2018
Emmetsburg News

If you are driving around Five Island Lake in Emmetsburg, you may be noticing bright orange writing near the storm drains. We can all thank the 2nd graders of West Elementary for taking the time to stencil "No Dumping" signs on the drains leading to Five Island Lake in an effort to remind citizens to keep our water clean.

After several programs with Kaitlin Anderson, Naturalist, discussing the importance of using best management practices to help prevent pollution, including a close up look of an Enviroscape and visiting with Ruby Raindrop, the 2nd grade class was ready to do their part for their town and help remind the public that dumping into storm drains affects our water. With the assistance of their teachers, the FFA chapter from the Emmetsburg High School, and the SWCD, the project took place on April 27th. The focus of their project was the storm drains around Five Island Lake, since many citizens of Emmetsburg and surrounding towns visit the lake for recreational purposes. The classes have learned that dumping into any storm drain can be harmful for the environment and will affect the water all the way down to the ultimate water body, the Gulf of Mexico.

As you travel around the lake area this spring and summer, look down at the storm drains to see the hard work the kids put in. They certainly learned a lot about pollution prevention. Please remember that all the drains end up in some body of water, so "No Dumping"!

Article Photos

STENCILING?STORM?DRAINS - Second grade students from West Elementary in Emmetsburg stenciled storm drains leading to Five Island Lake following sessions with Palo Alto County Naturalist Kaitlin Anderson on water quality. The classes and stenciling project are an annual experience for second graders. - - submitted photo



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