Did you ever wonder who paints those messages Do Not Dump/Drains to Casco Bay next to the storm drains around Greater Portland? It may have been the bankers, engineers, or office workers who occupy the building next to yours.
Many schools and businesses have used Friends of Casco Bay’s stenciling kits for their Day of Service projects. Their volunteers accomplish a lot in a short time. But the real pay-off comes later, when participants stroll down the street and point to tangible proof that they are helping protect Casco Bay from wastes and hazardous chemicals that can flow directly into the ocean.
Friends of Casco Bay lends a group all the equipment it needs, for free. In addition to the stencils, paint, traffic cones, and safety vests, the conservation organization supplies a how-to guide and a humorous, six-minute DVD on how and why to stencil storm drains. Contact keeper [at] cascobay [dot] org to ask about borrowing the kits from Friends of Casco Bay’s office on the campus of Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. Stenciling kits can’t be used when the temperature is below 50 degrees Fahrenheit as the paint does not adhere properly in cold weather.