Public Art Campaign Combats River Pollution

By: Millie Warren Email
By: Millie Warren Email

RENO, NV - One storm drain fish has already surfaced along the Truckee River walkway in downtown Reno, and another is being unveiled.

On July 16, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., a second storm-drain painting will be unveiled at Winter Street and Riverside Drive.

The storm drain fish is one of many characters that are a part of a campaign to draw awareness of the dangers of pollutants in our water ways.

The paintings in the campaign equate storm drains as the mouth of the Truckee River.

The idea of the campaign is to demonstrate if humans wouldn't put radiator fluid, oil or glass in our mouth, then it shouldn't be put in the mouth of the Truckee River.

Because storm drains collect all runoff from rain water to irrigation overflow which empty into the Truckee River, pollutants such as lawn chemicals, pet waste, petroleum and other dangerous pollutants threaten the ecosystem and Reno's primary source of drinking water, according to the campaign.

The campaign was put together by the City of Reno partnering with the City of Sparks, Washoe County, the Western Regional Water Commission and the Reno Arts and Culture Commission.


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