In an effort to reduce pollution generated by runoff through the City of Hagerstown’s storm drain system, four Main Street Hagerstown volunteers spray painted messages on 77 downtown inlets today as part of Hagerstown’s storm drain stenciling program. Messages referencing the “ocean”, “Antietam Creek”, or “Potomac River” have been—and will be—stenciled on storm drains as a reminder to the community that only rain should enter them on its way to exiting at a critical destination elsewhere.
The inlet stenciling is beneficial in three specific ways. It creates and heightens public engagement. It educates and reminds citizens about stormwater flow. And, it helps to mitigate and prevent the discharge of illicit components outlined in the Maryland Department of the Environment’s stormwater permit for the City of Hagerstown.
Next Thursday, September 19, in conjunction with the United Way Day of Caring, the initiative will continue. The City anticipates numerous teams of volunteers will be stenciling storm drain inlets throughout Hagerstown during the event.