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Volunteers tag Albany water drains

ALBANY, Ga. — Not every stormwater drain in Albany carries the warning. Thanks to Volunteers in East Albany more have been tagged with a green turtle and a warning.

The green, round-metal tags have a picture of a turtle in the middle and are meant to warn people that dumping anything into a stormwater drain means it will end up in the Flint River.

“We have a lot of people who change their own car oil,” said Judy Bowles, executive director of Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful. “The marker reminds people that pollution from our roads, oil, harms our river and us.”

It isn’t just dumping oil that threatens the river, soapy water from a car wash, grass clippings, litter and grime from the roads all can be causes of polluted water and cause harm to aquatic life.

Brenda Blackshear and about 12 of her Jobs for Georgia Graduates program student volunteers from Dougherty High School answered the call at 10 a.m. Saturday. They met with Bowles and City Commissioner Jon Howard in his East Albany ward to tag drains with the green reminders.

They wire-brushed rust from metal drains, put adhesive on the warning medallions and left their tag to help the community. Bowles added that money for supplies was provided by local brewer MillerCoors.

Here is what you can do to help:

  • Never dump anything down a storm drain.

  • Recycle motor oil and other vehicle fluids.

  • Use pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers carefully and sparingly.

  • Service your car regularly and repair

leaks promptly.

  • Wash your car at a car wash or on the lawn rather than on pavement.

  • Clean up after your pet.

  • Never put leaves or grass clippings down the storm drain.