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Lexington looks to raise awareness of water quality, beautify community with storm drain design contest

The City of Lexington is launching a storm drain design contest. Participants of all ages are encouraged to design and paint a storm drain to help bring attention to local waterways and how residents can protect them.

Proposed designs will be accepted on a rolling basis through Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m. After the design is approved, artwork must be completed by Sunday, April 26. Materials will be provided.

A team of local artists and elected officials will judge the completed drains. Winners will be selected in four categories: youth, adult, youth organization and adult organization.

In mid-May, the judges will announce the winners during a gallery show that will feature photos of all completed drains along with hands-on water activities.

The storm drain design contest was developed by participants in Lexington’s Citizens’ Environmental Academy with the goal of promoting the Adopt a Storm Drain program and other water-friendly behaviors.

“We hoped to spark discussion about water quality in Lexington while also beautifying our community with art,” said Citizens’ Environmental Academy member Eve Wallingford. “Residents expect the city to do their part to provide safe and clean water, but we all play a role in that as well, ensuring that we only have water going down the drain.”

Water that enters storm drains flows directly to local creeks and rivers. The water is not treated, so it is important that water going into these drains is clean.

Contest details, including an online design proposal form, can be found at LexingtonKY.gov.

From Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government

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