International Joint Commission (IJC)
MN Department of Natural Resources
Bi-national Drain Stencil Project
Most storm sewer drains in the U.S. and Canada drain directly to a water body. Koochiching SWCD partnered with the Lake of the Woods Sustainability Foundation to work with local students on both sides of the border to mark as many drains as possible to help make the public aware that anything that is dumped will go directly to our waterways. The effort was led by Kelli Saunders of the Lake of the Woods Sustainability Foundation, each school’s shop class created the stencils, the city/town assisted, the school was directly involved, and Koochiching SWCD gave a presentation on how runoff affects our water.
This project is funded by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and The Clean Water Fund.
On May 25, 2017, 6th graders from Falls Elementary School participated in the drain stencil project and completed almost 60 stencils near the school!
The project has been repeated each spring since!
On May 31, 2017, The 8th graders of Fort Frances High School painted a whopping 70 drain stencils starting near the Sorting Gap Marina all the way to the hospital and between.
The same project has been repeated every spring since!