Why mark storm drains?
Storm drains collect untreated stormwater that runs off of our streets. This stormwater carries pollutants such as grease, oil, pet waste, and fertilizer with it as it flows directly into local streams and rivers, and eventually into the Chesapeake Bay. Storm drain markers, like the one shown below, help spread the message that we all play a role in keeping our waterways clean.
Who can participate?
Storm drain marking is a hands-on volunteer activity for both individuals and groups in the District of Columbia. School groups (all grades), Scouts, church groups, small businesses, local non-profit organizations, and others are all welcome to volunteer.
How to mark storm drains on your street
DOEE will provide you with a storm drain toolkit free of charge.
This toolkit includes:
- Storm drain markers
- Door hangers
- Field sheet to record marked drains
All unused markers and materials must be returned to DOEE.
Storm drain marking can be done most months of the year but temperatures above 45 degrees and dry weather is required.
DOEE staff can come for an onsite demonstration with sufficient advance notice.
You can mark storm drains in your neighborhood, or in other parts of the city.
For more information about storm drain marking or to request a storm drain marking kit, please contact:
Erin Fenton at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 202-299-3340
Download the Storm Drain Marker Flyer [PDF]