Stormwater News

CMSHS students partner with Wal-Mart Corporation and Stormwater Division by installing storm drain markers
Ted Parks, Jessica Johnson, Dusteen Sieck, Savanna Palmer
HOT SPRINGS – Cutter Morning Star High School students Dusteen Sieck, 11th grade and Savanna Palmer, 10th grade install a storm drain marker at the Central Avenue Wal-Mart while store manager Ted Parks and City of Hot Springs Stormwater Coordinator Jessica Johnson consult map of the store’s storm drain inlets.  

The markers were installed as part of a partnership between Cutter Morning Star High School volunteers, the Central Avenue and Albert Pike Wal-Mart stores, Hot Springs Sam’s Club and the Stormwater Division. The markers bear the inscription, “No Dumping – Drains to Lake.”

The storm drain marking efforts underscore the fact that stormwater, or rainwater, runoff is not filtered or treated prior to entering the nearest stream or lake. Therefore, any debris or potential pollutants left outside uncovered or on the ground could be washed away during a rain event and end up in area streams, creeks or lakes. The markers will serve to educate store patrons to be mindful of what goes into a storm drain.  For information, contact Johnson at 321-6743.

City partners with Wal-Mart Corporation to heighten stormwater quality awareness

Ted Parks, Central Avenue Wal-Mart Store Manager, Robert Hayes, Albert Pike Wal-Mart Store Manager, Jessica Johnson, City of Hot Springs Stormwater Coordinator and Max Sestili, City of Hot Springs Stormwater Manager, announce a partnership with Cutter Morning Star High School to install storm drain markers at Hot Springs’ two Wal-Mart locations as well as Sam’s Club. Not pictured is Robert Jones, Hot Springs Sam’s Club Manager.

HOT SPRINGS – Wal-Mart Corporation, having developed one of the strongest corporate stormwater programs in the nation, has agreed to partner with the City of Hot Springs’ Stormwater Division to mark storm drains at their three store locations within city limits.

Cutter Morning Star High School students have volunteered to perform the installation of storm drain markers at the Wal-Mart Superstores on Central Avenue and Albert Pike as well as the Sam’s Club on Higdon Ferry Road. The markers bear the inscription, “No Dumping – Drains to Lake.”

The storm drain marking efforts underscore the fact that stormwater, or rainwater, runoff is not filtered or treated prior to entering the nearest stream or lake. Therefore, any pollutants left outside uncovered or on the ground could be washed away during a rain storm and end up in area streams, creeks or lakes. The markers will serve to educate store patrons to be mindful of what goes down a storm drain.

The City of Hot Springs is recognized as the first and only Qualifying Local Program in the state by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ). Hot Springs’ stormwater program exceeds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Phase II Clean Water Act guidelines. For more information, call Stormwater Coordinator Jessica Johnson at 321-6743.

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