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From the streets to the rivers, local artists bring attention to water quality

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) —  Storm drains can become a hot spot for illegal dumping, which is why the City of Cedar Rapids is looking toward local artists to help discourage it.

Cigarette butts and litter that don’t make it into the trash can often make their way into the rivers, polluting the water.

Solo cups, cigarette butts, and just plain trash, when it all misses the can, you might think, there’s a filtration system that stops it from entering the river.

“Nope, there isn’t”, said Artist, Kelsey Worcester, who works at a civil engineering firm on storm sewers. She wants people to know they’d be wrong if they thought there was. She’s literally painting a picture of the storm drain design to let others know.

“I thought that it would be helpful to express to the public what was actually underneath the storm drains and how it all works,” said Worcester.

She’s not alone. She’s one of 8 local artists doing their part to raise awareness about litter and how it affects the health of Iowa rivers.

“Water quality is incredibly important, it affects us all,” said Artist, David Malcolm. He hopes humor gets the message across, especially to young people.

Ashley Neighbor

Reporter, Cedar Rapids

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