Across Fresno County, storm drains have become polluted with chemicals, trash, and sometimes even precious wildlife. To safeguard our water and environment, the Fresno Metropolitan Flood District and the Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (Fresno EOC) have united in a joint endeavor: the installation of new storm drain signs throughout Fresno and Clovis.
A Step Towards Cleaner Water
On September 14th, Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corp crew members will replace old signs with fresh ones. Approximately 800 storm drains scattered across the Fresno and Clovis metropolitan areas are slated to receive these new markers. The installation process is subject to weather conditions and may take anywhere from two to three months to complete.
In light of this, the public is kindly requested to exercise caution while driving through these areas and to remain mindful of the ongoing work in their neighborhoods.
The primary aim of this project, spearheaded by the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District, is to protect our waterways and remind residents not to pollute. The signs will boldly declare, “No Dumping, Protect Your Water.” For those seeking further information or wishing to report pollution incidents, a dedicated hotline has been established at 559-456-3292.
Paige Berggren, a representative of the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District, emphasizes the significance of these seemingly small signs: “These signs may be small, but they serve as a reminder that we must refrain from dumping trash or waste into storm drains. Our goal is to safeguard your water.”
A Partnership with Purpose
This collaborative effort not only raises awareness but also provides hands-on job training opportunities through the Fresno EOC’s Local Conservation Corps (LCC) program. This initiative, aimed at young adults aged 18-26, offers paid job training and educational prospects.
Berggren adds, “Next time you encounter these dedicated individuals in your neighborhood, take a moment to appreciate the positive impact they are making on our community. Their efforts not only enhance your surroundings but also play a pivotal role in protecting the groundwater system we rely on daily.”
Fresno EOC is a key partner in this project, bringing over 30 programs, including the Local Conservation Corps (LCC), to the community.
Shawn Riggins, Director of Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps (LCC), highlights the LCC’s role in educating the community: “The Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps is celebrating its 30th year of providing vocational training for young adults. Our partnership with the Fresno Metro Flood District allows our corps members to educate the community by providing signage that discourages the disposal of used oil into local storm drains, which could contaminate our drinking water. The LCC is excited to be a part of this program.”
A Common Goal for Cleaner Water
Ultimately, this partnership between the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District and Fresno EOC strives towards cleaner water in the Fresno County area as a collective endeavor.
The Fresno EOC Local Conservation Corps Recycling program, funded though a grant by CAlRecycle, will replace old signs.
This collaborative effort marks a significant step towards preserving the health and integrity of Fresno County’s waterways for generations to come.