RiverRat Nora Cox, along with six other volunteers, including Virginia Master Naturalists and one other RiverRat, headed out on Saturday, September 22 to install storm drain markers. They worked in three teams of two for about three hours and installed 90 markers in an area bounded by Peakland Place, Link Road and Spottswood Place in Boonesboro.
The markers are a great tool to educate the public about how stormwater does not go to a magical place to get cleaned before entering our waterways. All of that trash and pollution off the street goes into the drain and eventually the James River.
Materials for the storm drain project were provided by the Middle James Roundtable and are available to any group that wants to install them in their local neighborhood!
Nora’s recommendations for anyone considering a similar project: Each team needs someone strong enough to work the adhesive; remember to not only cut the tips of the tubes off but to also puncture the foil down in the tip; and the warmer the air temperature, the easier the adhesive is to apply.
Want to help? If you live in the Lynchburg area, sign up to volunteer for a storm drain marking project with JRA. On Wednesday, October 24 from 9:30 to noon, we will be installing markers and picking up trash throughout a neighborhood near the Oakwood Country Club. Pre-registration is required. To register contact Amber Ellis at 804-788-8811, ext. 205 or register online at firstname.lastname@example.org.