Education Station October 1
WATER DOWN THE DRAIN ... ART ON TOP
Although Oregon’s waterways are one of the state’s greatest assets, many residents might not realize that everyday behaviors can damage the water’s health. As rainwater flows over buildings, yards and streets, it washes pollutants into storm drains and into waterways where they can harm local plants, animals and humans.
Springfield’s city leaders devised a program to help raise awareness, held each summer since 2016 – the UpStream Art project. There have been 21 colorful sidewalk murals painted – located primarily around storm drains in Downtown Springfield – to highlight the connection between. This year’s theme is “Keeping It Clean, From Street To Stream” and features work from Emma Baldwin, Mandy Brimmer, Tii Mariie, Uyen-thi Nguyen and Marisa Sliver.