Storm Drain Stencils

Our "Drains to ..." series of Storm Drain Stencils are used all over the country to mark storm drains to protect them from the inadvertent pollution. Storm drain stenciling consists of stenciling a message next to a street drain reminding people "Dump No Waste - Drains to River" with the image of a fish, wetland creature or other marine life.

(Stencils are also available for lake, stream, bay, groundwater, ocean or simply "protect your water" with the image of a glass and faucet.) Used by Scouts, municipalities, parks, water resources boards, farmers, etc to protect critical water resources. We have lots of different styles and wordings to reflect your local style. Please choose one of ours or have us create your own unique one: Use our custom stencil request to request special wording, artwork or style. Projects like this are ideal to create community awareness about underground piping areas that actually flow to streams, rivers, lakes, oceans or even public water supplies. A storm drain is usually a network of underground pipes designed to control flooding by transporting stormwater from urban areas to a waterbody. A storm drain may also be known as a curb, gutter, channel, ditch, pipe or culvert.

Many people assume that these drains or gutters flow into “treatment” facilities. In reality, storm drains can flow directly into rivers, lakes, streams, sounds, or oceans. Stenciling messages next to storm drains is the best way to alert people that NOTHING should be dumped into these (storm) drains.
Even if your’re not directly dumping anything into a storm drain non-point source, pollution can occur. Rainwater washes soil, street litter, oil, leaves, grass clippings, pet wastes and fertilizers into storm drains. Material flowing into storm drains does not get treated before emptying into streams, rivers, lakes and oceans. This untreated material can pollute the waterways in your community. Although individual storm drains may contribute small amounts of pollutants, the combination of many storm drains can cause a negative impact on water quality. For more information on these issues visit the EPA web site.