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Outdoors West Plains Girl Scouts Stencil City Storm Drains

Stormwater Education: Storm Drain Stenciling Project

Have you noticed a new fish in your neighborhood?

Watch out for groups of Girl Scouts and leaders roaming West Plains painting fish on the street! No, it's not graffiti. Local Girl Scout troups, working with the City of West Plains Storm Water Management Program, have volunteered to stencil the message "Dump No Waste, Drains To Stream" and the image of a bass on storm drains, to remind all of us that storm water pollution begins with that drain on the street.

Anita Brown, Engineering Tech/GIS Coordinator with the City of West Plains Engineering Dept, and members of Troop 050.

Scouts and leaders from local Girl Scout Troops 050, 999, 797 and 792, and Cub Scout Pack 86, turned out on a blazing hot day to begin the storm drain stenciling project. Four more troops will also be working on the project later in the summer and into the fall.

Girl Scouts from Troop 797, and one Boy Scout, paint a storm drain on Third Street.

Troop 050 leader Maggie Clifford and scouts finish up a paint job across from the golf course.

It's something most of us never think about -- that storm drains should never be used to dispose of wastes. Unfortunately, storm drains do not purify and remove pollutants. Storm drains are commonly misused for the disposal of paint, motor oil, antifreeze, pesticides, and other wastes. All these pollutants then find their way into our streams, rivers, lakes and eventually our groundwater.

In addition, each time it rains, storm water runoff carries street litter, yard debris, pet wastes and other pollutants into storm drains and then into streams. This polluted runoff is a significant source of contamination of Missouri's water resources.

Members of Troop 999 working at the corner
of Broadway and Halstead by the park.
City of West PlainsGirl ScoutsThe Storm Drain Stenciling Project is sponsored by the City of West Plains and Missouri Stream Team. The Girl Scouts Organization, MO Dept. of Transportation and MO Dept. of Conservation are contributing to the project.

West Plains Community Awareness: Storm Water Management Program

The City of West Plains is actively implementing a Storm Water Management Program in our community, as authorized by the Clean Water Act which is known as the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit program. This program is designed to prevent harmful pollutants from being washed by storm water runoff into local water bodies or being dumped directly and then discharged into local water bodies. The City is implementing several types of outreach to inform and educate our community. Working together we can make a difference and reduce the amount of pollutants entering streams, lakes and rivers as a result of runoff from residential, commercial and industrial areas.

Missouri Stream Team

Missouri Stream Team sponsors river cleanups and many other activities throughout the state. More info: http://www.mostreamteam.org

This is the Web site of the Bryant Watershed Project, based in West Plains, Missouri. Our site is a toolkit for exploring the Bryant Creek, North Fork, Eleven Point and Upper Spring watersheds in the southern Missouri Ozarks. Learn more.