SNG’s goal is to freshly stencil all the storm drains in Seward.
You can help! With the help of the City of Minneapolis, the parks department, and Friends of the Mississippi River we hope to raise awareness around the pollution of our lakes and rivers from storm drains. Especially as our neighborhood starts to melt into spring we want to make sure our drains stay clean of any trash that is buried in the snow or chemicals that we have used to melt and manage ice. These items and chemicals will drain directly into the Mississippi River and continue pollution. Take it from the professionals at Friends of the Mississippi River as they talk about the harm and potential damage of this on our river:
“Storm drains are part of the storm sewer system which carries untreated rain and snow-melt directly from the city’s lawns and streets to rivers and lakes. This runoff from our urban landscape carries anything in the street — pesticides, antifreeze, fertilizer, motor oil, pet waste, and grass clippings — directly to the nearest lake or river. The stenciled message alerts citizens to this fact.”
Please, if you are interested in helping stencil the storm drains around Seward, SNG will provide supplies starting April 26th for neighborhood use. Email Kerry@sng.org to reserve your stenciling kit.