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Storm Drain Style-Off

Why Paint Storm Drains?

In Knox County, as in most communities across the country, storm drains lead directly to our rivers and other surface waters. An ongoing and hazardous misconception is that the storm drains are “sewers” that lead to the wastewater treatment plant.  With this misconception, the storm drains are misused as a ‘safe’ way to dispose of waste such as soapy water, oil, paint, trash, and other pollutants.  When pollutants are disposed of via storm drains, they end up in our waterways.

Storm drain art initiatives have been successful in other communities nationwide at raising awareness about the fact that storm drains lead directly to local waterways. This awareness reduces incidences of littering and other common water polluting activities, and reminds people that only rain should go into the storm drains.

The 2017 Storm Drain Style-Off

The Storm Drain Style-off is designed as a public education project to inform the community of the connection the storm drains have with our waterways.

We have designated 10 storm drains to be painted for this year’s project: 5 at the Karns Library branch (7516 Oak Ridge Highway) and 5 at the Bearden Library branch (100 Golf Club Road).  They may not start out as the most attractive drains but by the time they are painted they will be!

Calling All Artists!

If you are interested in submitting a design for a painted storm drain, read the “Call for Artists” link below and then download the Artist Application.

Important Dates / Deadlines:

Applications are due by May 1, 2017

Artists will be notified after June 1, 2017

Painting takes place Saturday, July 8th – Sunday, July 23th

Public voting Monday, July 24th – Sunday, July 30th

Culminating / Recognition event: Friday, August 4th 2017 at the library with the winning design!

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