This spring, the Center for Lakes & Streams at Grace College, the City of Warsaw, Grace College Art Integrations students, and Urban Water Resources collaborated to unveil nine storm drains, painted by Grace College students in downtown Warsaw, Indiana. The project entitled “Current Effects: Clean Stormwater Art Project” will be presented May 17 at the Indiana Annual MS4 Meeting in Indianapolis by representatives Cindy Bryan, Madisson Heinl and Theresa Sailor.
The project is one of only a few similar initiatives around the country and was launched for the purpose of educating the community about caring for lakes and streams through understanding local urban storm drain systems. Representatives of the project will present an overview and timeline of the accomplished project for the purpose of providing other communities and state employees with resources to replicate the idea in their own towns and cities.
Over 2,200 storm drains in the city of Warsaw connect directly to local waterways, meaning that all water and other substances which flow to these drains, also flow to the Tippecanoe River as the final receiving waterbody, untreated.
Storm drain art pieces highlight the importance of lake and stream conservation and depict wildlife native to the over 100 lakes in Kosciusko County. Some designs are interactive, including a hopscotch design and a coloring book page design, and encourage local children to ask questions about water conservation.
A full list of storm drain locations, art depicted, and artists’ reflections can be accessed at lakes.grace.edu.