“Only Rain Down the Drain”: Indian River County launches successful Storm Drain Awareness art project


The Roseate Spoonbill themed Storm Drain Painting (Deanna Derosia)

On Saturday, June 27th, the Indian River County Storm Drain Awareness Art Project kicked off with its first official painted drain at the County Administration building in an effort to educate Indian River County residents about the importance of storm drains and their role in preventing pollution. The project was founded by Alexis Peralta, County Stormwater Educator, in partnership with Unicorn Epoxy and the Downtown Vero Beach Mural Project.
The first storm drain was painted by local artist Deanna Derosia, owner and creater of Sealacanth Studios, and includes a native and protected bird species: the Roseate Spoonbill.
Similar to the project’s slogan of “Only Rain Down the Drain”, this artwork seeks to educate the public of the process that takes rainfall down County storm drains, through canals and, ultimately, to the Indian River Lagoon where spoonbills often feed.
As the County continues the Indian River County Storm Drain Awareness Art Project, it is vitally important that the local community remember to keep storm drains free of pollution in order to protect our local ecosystem.
For more information about the Indian River County Storm Drain project, please contact Alexis Peralta at (772)226-1565 or aperalta@ircgov.com.

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