As you look around, you may begin to see metal markers at the openings of storm drains in Adams County. These markers are part of an effort to educate and raise awareness of residents and visitors. They are a reminder that water and pollution entering the storm drains ultimately ends up in local streams, untreated and unfiltered for pollutants.
The installation of the markers is actually the second phase of this project. During 2014, the Adams County Conservation District and the Adams County Office of Planning & Development developed the project scope and hired interns to assist in collecting the background data and locations of the storm drain inlets, outfalls, and larger stormwater management facilities around Adams County.
This data was collected with a GPS (global positioning system) unit and will help us understand the locations of stormwater infrastructure and how water flows through the County, which is beneficial on many levels.
In August of 2015, the Conservation District began installing the storm drain markers. They will be located primarily in boroughs along streets with higher volumes of pedestrian traffic and at schools.
Fairfield Borough was the pilot municipality. Look for them next time you're in Fairfield or at Pippenfest!
We will be working with volunteers to install markers at other locations around the County. If you have a group interested in volunteering, please contact Adam McClain.