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Eco-friendly Group Draws Community Support With Clean Drains Fort Wayne Project

Credit Julia Meek/WBOI

Friends of the Rivers, a local conservation organization, is challenging the entire community to be River SmART (W/ ART!)

The project, called Clean Drains Fort Wayne, a collaborative effort between the group and Fort Wayne City Utilities, is a three year initiative that officially begins today with a series of storm drain street-art mural installations throughout the city that will be completed by September 19th. 

Neighborhoods and schools are also being enlisted to join the movement and create chalk drawings and install awareness medallions at nearby drain sites, in preparation for Clean Drain Fort Wayne Fest on World Rivers Day, Sunday, September 26th, in Promenade Park.

For a behind the scenes look at what this means to all involved, WBOI's Julia Meek sat down with Nancy Stewart and Pam Holocher, project co-chair and committee member respectively, to discuss the initiative's scope and purpose as well as its official city-wide celebration.

Event Information:

World Rivers Day Celebration @ Promenade Park, Fort Wayne
Sunday, September 26th, 2021
Free Admission

For more information and to connect with the Clean Drains Fort Wayne Initiative, visit the Friends of the Rivers website.

A Fort Wayne native, Julia is a radio host, graphic artist, and community volunteer, who has contributed to NIPR both on- and off-air for forty years. Besides being WBOI's arts & culture reporter, she currently co-produces and hosts Folktales and Meet the Music.
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