The Southeast Arkansas Stormwater Education Program is seeking artists to paint murals with educational messages on storm drains in Pine Bluff, White Hall, and Jefferson County as part of the Drain Smart UpStream Art project.

The project is a combination of two programs: UpStream Art and Drain Smart.

Over the past few years, both programs have worked in different areas of the state to increase awareness about storm drains, and address the common misperception that they channel runoff into water treatment facilities.

“Storm drains actually empty out into nearby creeks and streams, without any treatment whatsoever,” said Christine Cooley, extension urban stormwater educator for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture in Jefferson County.

The project will be funded and staffed through the Division of Agriculture; Audubon Arkansas will help display artwork through the Drain Smart website.

Applications are due by Monday, August 19. You can receive an application by contacting the Jefferson County Extension at 870-534-1033 or ccooley@uaex.edu.