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.
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.