If you're a local artist, the City of Sioux Falls is inviting you to help beautify storm drains in the area through the Storm Inlet Painting Project. This unique public art initiative not only provides a canvas for artists but also aims to raise awareness about the need to protect our water systems.

Organizations or individuals are invited to submit design proposals for six to seven available storm drain inlets. The proposals should include artwork with messages supporting water quality initiatives, and artists will need to propose an inlet location pending City approval. More information about the project can be found on the City of Sioux Falls website.

The City of Sioux Falls and the Visual Arts Commission will review the submitted designs and select the winning artists, who will each receive $200 for their work. The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m. on May 5, 2023.

According to City of Sioux Falls Environmental Analyst Jose Alvarez, seasonal stormwater flows can pick up pollutants, litter, sediment, and pet waste, which then enter the storm drain system and discharge directly into the Big Sioux River without treatment. Alvarez hopes that this community project will highlight the importance of storm inlets in preventing these pollutants from entering the river.

To ensure the longevity of the murals, the City has purchased supplies, including a special sealant to be applied once the paintings are complete. If the artwork fades, it will be removed entirely to prevent the paint from entering the storm drains. The City plans to continue this project each year to raise awareness about water quality.

Source: City of Sioux Falls Public Works Department

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