Local artist painting storm drains as part of “Drains Aren’t Dumps” campaign

In-progress storm drain painting at Richland Library Cooper. Photo provided.

Richland County Stormwater Management is partnering with Columbia Water, One Columbia, and one local artist on a special project.

There will soon be public art at storm drains across Richland County. The project is part of the “Drains Aren’t Dumps” storm drain marketing campaign that kicked off Friday. The campaign is intended to bring attention to the harmful effects pet waste, lawn clippings, and excess lawn chemicals can have on waterways when they enter storm drains.

Artists submitted design proposals to One Columbia, a non-profit that works to promote collaboration through art, history, and culture. A committee of representatives selected Jessica Dame as the winning artist. Dame is painting storm drain inlets in neighborhoods, and at select Richland Library branches.

“We’re really excited about this campaign because it creates another piece of public art, and it also brings awareness to the importance of having clean water in Richland County,” said Chenille Williams, education program coordinator of Richland County Stormwater Management.

Residents can get involved in the campaign by marking storm drains with metal medallions that read “No Dumping – Drains to River.” The markers and needed supplies can be obtained by visiting myriverstartshere.org.

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