Storm Drain Marking Program

Storm drain medallion The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary can provide small groups and municipalities with supplies to combat "stormwater runoff pollution." These include: instruction manuals, safety vests, adhesive, "No Dumping" storm-drain medallions, and educational tip cards. We can also provide training that will make it easy for you to coordinate employees and volunteers as they hit the streets, marking storm drains and spreading the word about water pollution.

Stormwater runoff pollution is one of the greatest threats to our region’s waterways. This occurs when rain or melted snow flows over watertight surfaces, such as driveways, sidewalks, and streets. Rather than naturally soaking into the earth, this runoff picks up litter, chemicals, and other pollutants on its way into storm drains. It is then discharged on occasion into the waterways we use for swimming, fishing, drinking water and more.

Philadelphia Storm Drain Marking

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in the environment this spring?

Sign up for the 2012 Philadelphia Storm Drain Marking Project! This is a fun and easy way to give Mother Nature and your local creeks and rivers a helping hand. You simply glue medallions with the “Yo! No Dumping, Drains to River” message on the street in front of storm drains.

Many people have no idea that storm drains flow to local waterways, so they use them as trash and toxic waste dumps. Since Philly gets all of its drinking water from local rivers, this message is extremely important to everyone in your neighborhood and throughout the entire city.

All supplies are FREE, and it’s easy to volunteer. First, decide how many medallions you want to glue and then complete the online registration form. We will contact you with supply distribution information. Next, gather your “team” (usually one to five people) and pick your own date and locations in Philadelphia for the project. After completing your project, please return the final report (included with the storm drain marking kit) to us in the mail or by fax and then we will mail you a free t-shirt as a thank you for volunteering.

Municipal Programs

The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary is happy to use its bulk-purchasing power to help municipalities save money while, at the same time, satisfying their MS4 requirements. To see if this program fits within your budget, please click here for a price list of storm drain marking supplies and a stormwater pollution-prevention tip card (PDF file).

Children observing a marked storm drain

In 2010, volunteers received enough supplies to mark over 11,000 storm drains in the city of Philadelphia. Similar programs exist in both Wilmington and Newark, Delaware.

Kids gluing down a storm-drain medallion
Marking storm drains can be educational and fun for children of all ages and backgrounds.