Cub Scouts Prevent Storm Drain Pollution
by Betsy Jibben, Reporter
August 18, 2013 5:56 PM
A group of Cub Scouts are getting the word out to keep our environment clean. The group of 9 and 10 year-olds are going from street to street putting markers on storm drains. It’s their way of reminding the public to keep them clean.
The scouts are spending their afternoon traveling to four different locations on the southwest side of Sioux Falls, areas where many of them go to school and live. They are concentrating on the importance of not polluting or putting waste into the storm drains on the streets.
You see storm drains like this on about every street in Sioux Falls. But on Sunday, Cub Scout Pack 361 added extra flair to the curb, letting people know that it's strictly for water and not for dumping.
"If you were to dump something down the storm sewer, it's not going to go to a magical place," said City of Sioux Falls Environmental Analyst, Matt Tobias.
Cub Scouts are putting these signs, "No Dumping, It Goes Into Our School" on the storm drains to let people know that water goes into the Big Sioux River.
City officials say they have had reports of people putting wastes like oil, in these inlets, which pollutes the river's water.
They say it doesn't happen often, but they believe putting up preventative signs can help.
"It's not a big problem. But we want to be a step ahead and going out and trying to educate the public on this," said Tobias.
So the scouts split up into different groups, some of them going door to door putting informative hangers on door knobs. Others are putting down the markers.
"We are teaching the scouts how important our natural environment is too. It's a win-win with the city and scouts," said Tobias.
For Cub Scout Carter Kittelson, it's more than just hanging out with his friends.
"We put stuff on doors and it tells them not to pollute," said Cub Scout 361 member, Carter Kittelson.
Carter volunteered the year before too, doing what he can to make sure our local environment is clean.
"[I did it] so we have a better world," said Kittelson.
The Scouts have volunteered the past 3 years with the City of Sioux Falls through the Storm Water Public Education Curb Marker Program. The Scouts say they are also working towards receiving an achievement, which is also a patch they can later put on their uniforms
The scouts are trying to tackle about 70 drains total in the areas of West 53rd, West 57th, South Sertoma Avenue and South Klein Avenue.