Storm Drain Awareness Program

The grated openings in the street that collect water from rain and melting snow to minimize street flooding. Rainwater often carries street debris- trash, leaves, grass clippings, pet wastes, car fuels into the storm drains. Pesticides, paints, antifreeze, and used motor oil can end up in the storm drains when people dispose of them improperly.

Have you ever wondered where water goes after it disappears into a storm drain? Storm water is not treated at the waste water treatment plant but is instead discharged directly into the Red River through outfall pipes. Runoff can carry contaminants and debris picked up along the way, polluting the English Coulee and Red River.

Volunteer to mark the storm drains! Prevent Pollution by keeping contaminants out of storm drains. Follow the Only Rain in the Drain message and do your part to protect our local waterways.

  • Discuss the idea of the storm drain marking program with your friends, neighbors, or local civic/environmental organization.
  • Select a date for the event. It must be 40 degrees Fahrenheit outside and dry.
  • Decide on an area to mark and a time and location to mark.
  • Know how many people and supervisors there will be if participants are under 18 of age.
  • Know the length of time available to do the project.
  • Plan an alternative date in case of inclement weather.
Break into groups, two people to mark and two people to distribute educational materials. Everyone that is participating must wear a safety vest.

Curb Marking Team:
  • Clean the area where the marker is going to be placed. Sweep or brush this site. Surface must be dry and free of any loose debris.
  • Apply adhesive to the back of the marker. Start 1/8” in from the outside edge applying an even bead around the entire edge and then work to the center. It is not necessary to use a large amount.
  • Application surface must be clean and flat. The preferred placement is on the face of the curb. If this is not possible then the marker can be placed right next to the curb and the storm drain on the street.
  • Place the marker on the application surface. Push down HARD with a twisting motion forcing adhesive out from the edge. IT IS IMPORTANT that the entire edge of the marker is sealed to the curb.
Team Distributing Educational Materials:
  • Walk on sidewalks, stay off the grass.
  • Do not put door hangers in mailboxes.
  • Place door hanger on the door that looks the most used. Do not open the door.
  • Do not leave a door hanger if you think it will blow away.
  • Indicate the streets that are marked on the maps that are provided.
  • Return marked up maps, forms, and kits.
  • Congratulate yourself and others…. You all deserve it!
For more information:
Contact Melanie Parvey the City of Grand Forks’ Storm Water Representative at 738-8781, email

City of Grand Forks
Environmental Compliance Office
724 N 47th Street * Grand Forks, ND 58203 * Phone (701) 738-8781