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E-M:/ News Advisory: Sierra Club Stencils Storm Drains in Rochester Hills

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                                                                                    CONTACT:

Monday, June 25, 2007                                                                         Melissa Damaschke, Sierra Club Organizer

                                                                                                                                                   Office  (248) 549-6213

                                                                                                                                                      Cell  (248) 990-1688



Sierra Club Puts Message on the Street about Water Quality


Rochester Hills, MI – Watch out for groups of kids and adults roaming the streets of Rochester Hills with paint cans on Wednesday, June 27 from 6 to 8pm.  No, they are not graffiti artists.  They are volunteers for Sierra Club’s storm drain stenciling project.  Volunteers participating in this project will mark street curbs near storm drains with a permanent message stating, “Dump No Waste, Drains to River” in an effort to educate residents about storm water pollution.  The storm drain stenciling project is one of many Sierra Club activities aimed at preventing pesticides, fertilizers, trash, pet waste, and household chemicals from entering into the Clinton River.


Rain washes down streets and parking lots, driveways, and sidewalks, roofs and yards, carrying water and everything it picks up into storm drains.  Storm drains are the entry point into a storm sewer system and this system eventually discharges storm water directly to local streams without treatment!  Through storm drain stenciling, Sierra Club hopes to increase residents’ awareness about the connection between the street and their yards, storm drains, and the storm sewer system.  “Most people do not understand that storm drains are the entry point into the storm sewer system, and that storm water runoff leaving the system does not get treated first like sanitary wastewater,” commented Melissa Damaschke, Sierra Club Organizer for the project.


It’s important that we reduce the amount of trash, debris, pet wastes, and chemicals carried by storm water.  The most basic way to help is to never dump anything you wouldn’t drink or swim in down a storm drain.  Other ways to help include picking up pet wastes, replacing pesticides with natural alternatives, properly disposing of household chemicals such as paints and cleaning supplies, sweeping driveways and sidewalks instead of hosing them, and washing cars at car wash facilities or on lawns rather than in driveways.  Another fun way to help is participate in the storm drain stenciling project on Wednesday, June 27.  For more information on storm drain stenciling, contact Melissa Damaschke at 248-549-6213 or melissa.damaschke@sierraclub.org.  And the next time it rains, consider where the storm water drains.     


WHAT:   Storm Drain Stenciling Project


WHO:      Melissa Damaschke, Sierra Club Organizer


WHEN:  Wednesday, June 27 from 6 to 8pm


WHERE: Meet in the Rochester Hills Public Library parking lot (look for the Sierra Club banner)




Melissa Damaschke

Sierra Club Conservation Organizer

1723 West Fourteen Mile Road

Royal Oak, MI 48073

Phone:  248-549-6213


Together, we will keep the Great Lakes GREAT!