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Residents invited to paint storm drains

This storm drain mural is located in front of the North Liberty Community Library. Artists: Kamilla Swanson and Ruby Hakes. (City of North Liberty)

NORTH LIBERTY– Storm drains are mouths to rivers and lakes and when pollutants enter the storm drains, they can easily be carried into water bodies. Murals found on storm drains throughout North Liberty remind the public the important role the drains play in Iowa’s water quality and our responsibility to keep them clean.
The storm drain project began in 2018 when the city’s Tree and Storm Water Advisory Board expressed interest in duplicating similar projects implemented in other communities. Designs were collected from students of Penn Elementary and Liberty High School in 2018 and from Penn Elementary in 2019 and were judged and selected blindly by a committee made up of local residents, city staff and advisory board members. The selected students created six murals under the supervision of local artist and art teacher Heidi Goeken.
Want to join the fun? Painted storm drains can add a splash of color to a neighborhood. We invite everyone to add more public art to the city by designing a storm drain of your own at: northlibertyiowa.org/residents/stormwater-management/storm-drain-art/.