Storm Drain Labeling Campaign
One local city chooses to participate in a storm drain labeling campaign to serve as an educational tool to remind people about the connection between storm drains and local waterbodies. The city of Jacksonville, the Calhoun County Master Gardeners, and the Calhoun County Extension Office are labeling storm drains to make everyone more aware of the nonpoint source pollution and polluted runoff. Officials say this is one step in educating people so that they can change their attitudes and behaviors that contribute to the problem. They add that people may not be aware that most storm drains empty directly into local waterways. Some individuals may view storm drains as trash receptacles for trash, used motor oil, leftover paint, pet waste or other pollutants. This is the third year of their campaign. Blanton says they have more than 150 decals throughout Jacksonville.