Reno fights pollution with public art

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 7/12/2013 11:23 pm
Reno, NV (KRNV & -- Local artists are showcasing their talents and raising awareness about protecting the Truckee River.

The Truckee River is the primary source of drinking water in The Biggest Little City, so it's important to protect its ecosystem.

Reno's sewers and storm drains are completely separate systems, meaning that storm water does not go to the treatment plant, it runs right into our drinking water.

Terri Svetich, the Engineering Manager with the City of Reno says, "The storm drains are really the mouth of the river."

In an effort to raise awareness to protect the Truckee River, local artists are taking their paint brushes to the pavement.

Bryce Chisolm painted the first piece of public art, in this new campaign, around a storm drain in front of the Riverside movie theater. Chisolm says, "It's a great opportunity, because it really brightens up the city."

Chisolm added, "The idea of the mouth of the fish is the mouth of the river so everything that goes down this drain, drains into the river, so keep your pollution out of it."

Svetich says this campaign literally illustrates why storm drains should not be fed contaminated water, "You wouldn't want to put pollutants, trash, petroleum products in your mouth, so we don't want to put it in our storm drain either. This takes it a step further, ya know, really humanizing the whole concept."

There is only one painting now, but eventually there will be different creatures painted around multiple storm drains along the Truckee River.

The campaign has been put together by the City of Reno partnering with the City of Sparks, Washoe County, the Western Regional Water Commission, and the Reno Arts and Culture Commission.

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Kramer - 7/14/2013 12:25 AM
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I suggest Strongly that reno fight grafitti as a higher priority, Quit pandering "art", & start catching vandalizing perps/restricting paint sales.

Kramer - 7/14/2013 12:18 AM
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Big deal, another gravy project for 'artists'. There are already stencils on most if not all drains that state "No Dumping-Drains to River", with a picture of a fish. this type of stenciling is common in California. Y not just keepo the grafitti off the painted utility boxes-like at Maple and I-80, instead?

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