Storm Drain #9

About this painting:

Why this project? Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or melting snow flows over the ground. Stormwater can pick up debris, chemicals, dirt and other pollutants and then flow into the storm sewer system and directly into a lake, stream, river, wetland, or coastal water. Anything that enters a storm sewer system flows untreated into the waterbodies we use for swimming, fishing and drinking water!

Grace College and Theological Seminary, the Center for Lakes & Streams, and the Warsaw Stormwater Utility have come together to unveil the completed, Clean Water Art Project. This project was directed to educate our community about making daily decisions to take care of our local waterways.

Beginning at Center Lake, with a beautiful design (by Professor Cynthia Bryan), get in-the-know about the newest additions to our community! This extraordinary project has inspired all of those who worked so hard to make it possible. Allow it to inspire you to help make a difference.

Artists involved in this painting include: Cynthia Bryan (design); Brette Ayres, Cindy Bryan, Katie Barr, Jenna Bragg, Anna Cone, Kaytlyn Knuver, Kelsey Kirkendall, Katie Morrisroe, Brittany Salazar, and Lauren Scavo (painting).

Artist's Reflections:

"This project has forever changed the way I see how we do things. What we throw away and even the water swim in has to do with storm drains. so many things are affected by just the smallest actions we do and this project is just the start of something huge."

-Elizabeth Tully

Artist's Reflections:

"The Storm Drain Project is giving awareness to the community of Warsaw through sidewalk art of the effect pollutants such as cigarettes, paint, and leaves have when they are drained into...our local lakes and streams... I see a great need to take care of our water sources, not only because it affects the habitats for plants and animals, but also because it has the potential to affect our own drinking water in the future.

This project has an incredible impact because it provides people with a beautiful, everyday reminder when they walk the streets of Warsaw of their responsibility to care for our water. Plus all the designs are kid-friendly with a few that are interactive and influence future generations to participate in caring for our waterways."

-Breanna Clark