Emerald Ridge High School graduate Eric Mitchell recently led several members of Boy Scout Troop No. 571 in putting stencils on 350 storm drains in the Sunrise neighborhood to help raise awareness about water quality.
The work fulfilled Mitchell’s community service project to become an Eagle Scout, the highest advancement rank in scouting.
Pierce County recognized his contributions at a June 15 ceremony.
The county notes that most people don’t realize the water that enters more than 36,000 county storm drains goes directly to local streams, lakes, wetlands and Puget Sound without treatment from the sanitary sewer system. Storm drains painted with “Dump No Waste – Drains to Stream” help get across the message.
For information about stenciling storm drains in local neighborhoods, contact Melissa Buckingham, Pierce County Conservation District, at 253-845-2973 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Matt Misterek, The News Tribune