Catch Basin Stenciling
Your group can help inform the citizens in Owatonna that the catch basins (storm drains) they see on their streets are not connected to a treatment facility.
The EPA encourages catch basin stenciling and marking because "Storm drain stenciling projects offer an excellent opportunity to educate the public about the link between the storm drain system and drinking water quality. In addition to the labeled storm drains, media coverage of the program or stenciling event can increase public awareness of storm water issues. Volunteer groups can provide additional benefits by picking up trash near the stenciled storm drains and by noting where maintenance is needed. Additionally, stenciling projects can provide a lead-in to volunteer monitoring projects and increase community participation in a variety of other storm water-related activities." (from EPA NDPES website)
You can also help keep the drains from clogging up and even help reduce the amount of sediment (sand and dirt) that wash in. Learn more about the City of Owatonna's Adopt a Catch Basin program.
If you or your organization would like to the assist the city in its efforts, contact the Storm Water Manager.