Storm Drain #3

About this painting:

Indiana is well known for its abundance of farm land! This design, by Emalie Mooren, gives us a glimpse of our homeland and how it too is connected to our storm drains.

On the right side of the piece, Wild Celery, otherwise known as Vallisneria Americana, is depicted. Despite its name, this plant may be found in various parts of the world. Wild Celery is included in the Hydrocharitaceae family. Although it does not actually resemble the celery that we may find in the grocery store, this plant is quite common among our local lakes (Weed Info - Eel Grass, 2016) .

To the left of the Wild Celery, you will see a Mallard Duck. Mallard ducks or wild ducks breed throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas. Mallard Ducks are local, but did you know that they can actually be found all over the United States? They are migratory birds, ranging from areas in the United States all the way to North Africa (Mallard Duck, 2016).

The Bluegill, also pictured, is a freshwater fish sometimes referred to as bream, or a Copper Nose. It is a member of the Sunfish family.

Artists involved with this painting include: Anna Cone, Katlyn Knuver and Brittany Salazar.

References

Mallard Duck. National Geographic. 2016. Web. http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birds/mallard-duck/.

Weed Info - Eel Grass (Wild Celery). Aquatic Biologists, inc. 2016. Web. http://www.aquaticbiologists.com/algae--weed-id-guide/submerged-weeds/eel-grass-(wild-celery).

Artist's reflections:

"...The storm drain project was a learning experience. I have seen organizations and excitement from business leaders and companies with this storm drain project. This project is a unifying, community building project. It is important for a community to be passionate about natural resources...

I love the interactions that we faced while on the streets. I loved it when the mayor came by and when newspaper reporters came by to encourage us!"

-Katlyn Knuver

Artist's reflections:

"We painted storm drains to educate our community about the effects of pollution on storm drains, and how it harms our local lakes and streams as well as the wildlife and fish. There are so many different pollutants that people dump or pour down storm drains. Examples of these harmful pollutants include: oils/fluids from cars, all types of paints, grass clippings, leaves, cigarette butts, and other chemicals.

Painting storm drains with vibrant illustrations is what is going to get this community’s attention. I think people in general are naturally drawn to bright colors, and a story behind each design. These informational designs help educate the community on storm drain pollution by using non-threatening images, and show people what pollutants look like in animal habitats."

-Anna Cone