Storm Drain Marking, April 28, 2006

For Immediate Release
April 28, 2006
Ann-Marie Mitroff, Coordinator
Saw Mill River Coalition
(914) 375-2151 or
Cell (914) 815-5872

Storm Drain Marking a Youthful Effort in Saw Mill River Watershed

During the first week in May, youth from six different Saw Mill River watershed communities will join with an AmeriCorps team (NCCC—National Civil Community Corps) in marking over 800 storm drains—working to educate the public in how to prevent stormwater pollution.

One of the requirements for all the municipalities is to provide education and outreach on storm water pollution to their residents. Storm drain marking is often a preferred method, but it is difficult to organize and find appropriate supervision and labor to complete projects. “We were in luck,” stated Ann-Marie Mitroff, Coordinator of the Saw Mill River Coalition, “we have a 10-member AmeriCorps (NCCC) team to help us with volunteer groups for the month of May. What a natural—to put young adults together with the youth of our municipalities in the watershed and have them help prevent pollution in the Saw Mill River!” With free markers from The Hudson River Estuary Program, markers will placed in Pleasantville, Elmsford, Ardsley, Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, and Yonkers. As part of the project, a sticker with action steps will be given to residents.

In Pleasantville Middle School, Elise Ruffino, 7th grade teacher, covers the Saw Mill River as a topic and will involve her 136 students in the project. AmeriCorps (NCCC) will be involved in classroom sessions and also marking storm drains with 6 different classes. In Hastings-on-Hudson, John Neering’s Environmental Club already works with the Coalition on vine cutting around Farragut Avenue. They will now work on storm drain marking and canvassing neighborhoods. In Dobbs Ferry, students at St. Christopher’s Clark Academy will accompany AmeriCorps (NCCC). Ardsley will involve Cub Scouts, Scouts, and Brownies. The Hamilton High School Rotary Interact Club will mark drains and canvass neighborhoods in Elmsford. Finally, in Yonkers, Beczak will be working along with the AmeriCorps (NCCC) with Emerson Middle School Environmental Club students.

AmeriCorps (NCCC) media representative of the team, Kellyn Moore, put it this way, “We’re really excited about working with the students. It’ll show them that we care about their community. We hope in turn, that they become stewards of wherever they live—and help others to do so as well.”

Storm drains—or at least what collects in them and is carried by the street to them—are a major source of pollution, not just to the Saw Mill River, but to rivers, streams and coastal waters nationally. The Saw Mill River Coalition, a program of Groundwork Yonkers (a non-profit urban environmental organization), is coordinating a watershed-wide municipal storm drain marking effort—to bring information to residents about what they can do to help stop storm water pollution.

Contacts for each program: All programs week of May 2-5
AmeriCorps (NCCC), Kellyn Moore (775) 750-1978 (cell)
Ardsley, Village Hall, Friday, 3:15 – 5:15PM, Karen Hobbs, (914) 693-2727,, Cub Scouts, Scouts, and Brownies
Dobbs Ferry, St. Christopher’s Clark Academy, Tuesday, 6-8 PM, Cristian Correa, (914) 693-3030 x 2277,
Elmsford, Hamilton High School Rotary Interact Club, Village Hall, Friday, 3:00-5:00 PM, Susan Muir, (914) 715-3487 (cell)
Hastings-on-Hudson, Hastings High School Environmental Club, John Neering,, Tuesday and Wednesday 3 – 6 PM
Pleasantville Middle School, 40 Romer Ave., Wednesday & Friday 8:30-2:30, Elise Ruffino, (914) 741-1451, (Please note, Pleasantville Middle School students may NOT be photographed for media without prior written permission.)
Yonkers, Emerson Middle School, with Beczak’s Jenn Mokos, 914-377-1900, Thursday 2:30-4:30 PM

For more information on Stormwater: Google: After the Storm: A Citizen’s Guide to Understanding Stormwater EPA publication

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