Storm Drain Stenciling
Pamela Park, Edina
Saturday, April 29, 2017, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
When water flows into storm drains, it’s tempting to think it just disappears – out of sight, out of mind. Actually, that water empties directly into our lakes and streams - totally unfiltered and full of debris it’s picked up along the way. On top of that, people occasionally – and often unwittingly – dump unwanted chemicals or oils into storm drains.
On the morning of Saturday, April 29, volunteers are invited to come out to Pamela Park in Edina and help the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and the City of Edina clean storm drains in the surrounding neighborhoods. They will remove leaves, dirt and trash from the storm drains that otherwise would be carried into Minnehaha Creek with the next rainfall. They’ll also spray paint stencils to remind others to keep storm drains clean.
The Storm Drain Stenciling event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and all ages are welcome. Supplies for cleaning the drains and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and clothes they don’t mind getting dirty.
This public service project is part of “Jump In & Make a Splash!” a series community events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District. The series concludes with the Sunset Celebration on Thursday, November 2 at St. Mary’s Greek Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, featuring live music, food and drink. Tickets are $40. People who attend at least five events qualify for half-price admission and those who attend all nine events get in for free!
The Storm Drain Stenciling event is sponsored by MCWD and the City of Edina in partnership with Freshwater Society, Target, 1-800-Got-Junk?, Berne Scale, Wilderness Inquiry and Tonka Bay Marina.
Full slate of 50th anniversary events:
- Storm Drain Stenciling (April 29)
- Kids' Fishing Clinic (May 6)
- Bird watching at Carver Park (June 3)
- SUNday FUNday (June 11)
- Shoreline Garden Tour (July 15)
- Greenway Cleanup (July 23)
- Lake Hiawatha Cleanup (August 19)
- Prairie Seed Collection (September 23)
- Public Lands Day celebration (September 30)
- Sunset Celebration (November 2)