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Lafayette storm drains to become works of art to promote water quality

Design applications are now open
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Posted at 10:44 AM, Jan 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-22 11:44:37-05

Lafayette Consolidated Government is calling on artists to submit designs to help promote water quality through their Storm Drain Art Contest.

Now in its third year, LCG says the contest was started as a way to educate the public on the issue of storm drain pollutants while creating unique public art.

Eco-themed designs can be submitted for consideration by LCG's Environmental Quality Division. Selected artists will have the opportunity to recreate their designs on five Lafayette storm drains.

"We are excited about the third year of our storm drain art program," EQ Manager Bess Foret said in a press release. "It is such a unique way to educate about stormwater and the connection from the stormdrains to our waterways. "

Four drains for this year's contest will be chosen through public submission and one through the new student category.

"All the artists who participate superbly showcase the 'Only Rain Down the Drain' message," said Foret. "And, we now have a specific student category which will get local schools involved too."

Artists have until February 28, 2020 to submit their designs. EQ says the final artists' designs are intended to raise awareness that pollutants on land can impact the water quality of the Vermilion since storm drains are where "the river meets the road."

Applications, project guidelines, and locations of the storm drains can be found on the LCG website.