Eagle Scout candidate labels storm water drains
Westborough – Have you ever wondered where the runoff water from rain and snowmelt goes when it goes down a storm drain? Storm drains connect to underground waterways that move the storm water to a nearby water body, such as the Assabet River, Suasco Reservoir and Cedar Swamp. Storm water runoff is one of the major sources of water quality pollution in Massachusetts. Water pollution can impact drinking, swimming, fishing, boating and wildlife.
Many people think that storm drains are connected to a sewer or a water waste treatment plant, but this is not the case. People often dump their wastes such as motor oil, paint and dog waste down the storm drains, which go directly into local bodies of water.
To help educate citizens in the town of Westborough, Brian Leslie recently carried out an Eagle Scout project to stencil drains around the Assabet River Watershed with the words, "Dump No Waste, Drains To River." Streets marked included Otis, Edward Dunn, Assabet, Park, Maynard, Mohawk, Nauset, Nipmuck, Lydia's Path, Lawton's Way, Fairview, Indian Meadow and parts of Fisher, Oak, Milk and Mill streets.
To complete the project, he organized crews to spray paint stencils on over 200 specific drains that flow into the Assabet River. Leslie will also create a storm drain database for the town, which will document all of the drains stenciled over the last five years.
For more information, contact Jr. Civil Engineer Christina Papadopoulos of the Westborough Department of Public Works at 508-366-3076 or pick up a brochure at the storm water display at the Westborough Public Library.
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