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Posted on: August 17, 2020

Artists to Paint Stormwater Inlets at Locations in the City to Raise Awareness

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Imagine what local artists could communicate about improving Roanoke’s water quality. The Roanoke Arts Commission and the City’s Stormwater Utility is partnering again to transform six storm drains in the City of Roanoke into works of art. The six inlet art locations will be along Melrose Avenue NW, Colonial Avenue SW, Garden City Boulevard SE, Ferncliff Avenue NW, Midvale Avenue, and Indian Village Lane SE.

Creating Inlet Art will not only draw attention to storm drains "hidden" within the City sidewalks, but will also raise awareness about storm water pollution. Few people realize that litter, trash, and other pollution sources like sediment, bacteria, oils, and yard waste left on City streets wash untreated into the nearest creek, stream, or the Roanoke River. Raising awareness through visual expression has been successfully implemented in other communities, and the City believes adding to the project will be an effective next step in preventing stormwater pollution from entering Roanoke’s waterways.

More information can be found at, or you may contact Danielle DeHart, Environmental Specialist with the Stormwater Division, at (540) 853-5915 or send an email to


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