Coming to a storm drain near you

October 12, 2015

“The Dan River brings life to our city. As a native and resident of this watershed, it is important to remind citizens that we have a responsibility to keep our water clean,” said Bryce M. Simmons, Public Works Chief Engineer and After Hours Rotary member. “Storm water flows directly to natural drainage systems and presents the greatest threat to the Dan River. The actions of the organizations involved makes a greater statement than I ever could.”Education packets that include fact sheets related to the city’s infrastructure, tips for homeowners, proper storm drain practices, and activities for adults and children will be available. DRBA has assembled 20 storm drain stenciling kits that can be used by classrooms, other youth based organizations, and community groups to mark the remaining storm drains in the city. These educational kits provide a way to actively engage and motivate students and other organizations to learn more about the connection between storm drain water and the quality of our rivers,” said Amy Farinelli, DRBA’s Program Coordinator for Danville, Pittsylvania, & Caswell Counties. “This is an easy and impactful way to improve the health of the Dan.”

 

Danville’s After Hours Rotary Club, the Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) and Danville’s Department of Public Works are proud to announce their collaborative Storm Drain Project during Danville’s River District Festival. The Project is designed to increase public awareness of proper storm drain use, how they drain water directly to the river without treatment, and how storm drains affect the health and ecosystem of the Dan River. The program was initiated by members of Danville’s After Hours Rotary Club and embraced by DRBA, Danville’s Department of Public Works, and funded by a “Make it Happen” grant from the Danville Regional Foundation. Three hundred stainless steel medallions have been purchased to affix to storm drains within the city. Each medallion reads, “No Dumping. Drains to River.”

 

“The Dan River brings life to our city. As a native and resident of this watershed, it is important to remind citizens that we have a responsibility to keep our water clean,” said Bryce M. Simmons, Public Works Chief Engineer and After Hours Rotary member. “Storm water flows directly to natural drainage systems and presents the greatest threat to the Dan River. The actions of the organizations involved makes a greater statement than I ever could.”

Education packets that include fact sheets related to the city’s infrastructure, tips for homeowners, proper storm drain practices, and activities for adults and children will be available. DRBA has assembled 20 storm drain stenciling kits that can be used by classrooms, other youth based organizations, and community groups to mark the remaining storm drains in the city. These educational kits provide a way to actively engage and motivate students and other organizations to learn more about the connection between storm drain water and the quality of our rivers,” said Amy Farinelli, DRBA’s Program Coordinator for Danville, Pittsylvania, & Caswell Counties. “This is an easy and impactful way to improve the health of the Dan.”

 

The Project kick-off will be a public ceremony at the Danville Main Street Plaza, Friday, October 16 at 12:30 pm. Delegate Danny Marshall will say a few words and permanently affix the first of the storm drain markers. Educational packets and some promotional items will be given out at this time and in Showcase Alley on Saturday at the River District Festival.

 

Sonya Wolen, Chair of this year’s River District Festival, and an After Hours Rotary member, believes this program is a perfect match for the festival. Wolen states, “The Festival is about celebrating the Dan River and the District that adjoins it. With a healthy river, our community will thrive, giving us more reasons to celebrate! This project is a perfect match for the mission and spirit of the Festival.”

Gregg Mason with Danville After Hours Rotary Club has been considering this program for some time and has been delighted with how it has been supported by his club and the various community agencies and organizations. “We have come together for the sake of the river. We look forward to having folks attend the ceremony Friday and stopping by our Rotary canopy Saturday for the packets and promotional items.”

 

Recap: Interested parties may pick up a free storm drain marking kit on Saturday, October 17, 2015 from 10am until 3pm at the River District Festival in the Showcase Alley section on Bridge Street. Free parking is available in Newton's Landing and at The Crossing. Just look for the blue tent with the Rotary symbol to find us! 

 

This ceremony is an official event of the River District Festival. 

 

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