Show your creativity! Enter the 2018 Storm Drain Art Contest

Chrismai Storm Drain Art Winner
January 15, 2018
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Are you artistic? Do you want to help educate about issues affecting our local streams in Montgomery County?

County residents are invited to submit entries into the 2018 Storm Drain Art Contest. The contest seeks to use art to educate the public about the connection between our storm drains, streams and the Bay. The six winners will see their art painted on storm drains in Wheaton in April 2018 in honor of Earth Day!


Storm Drain Mural

Storm drain art with an environmental message on the front.

About the Contest

The submissions should be colorful, creative, original and easy to reproduce. Each design must include a short tagline or message — in any language — related to the chosen category. The artist can choose their preferred medium, but the final entry should be a .jpg, .png or .pdf of the design and can be as simple as submitting a photograph of the final piece.

Each entry must be submitted in one of five categories:

  • Environment and Youth (For ages 16 and under only)
  • Water
  • Fight litter
  • Wheaton Area Specific
  • Celebrate Wheaton’s Cultural Diversity


Image of turtle storm drain art

A change from the first art contest is that there will be two non-environmental categories! Those categories ask that the entries focus on the heritage, culture or diversity of Wheaton.  These new categories are thanks to a collaboration with the Mid-County Regional Service Center and the Wheaton Urban District. The other three categories must have an environmental message.

Another first for this contest is that it is open to all ages! For those under 18, the entries must come with a parent or guardian signature.

All entries must be received by 4:00pm EST, February 16, 2018.  The winner of each category will be chosen by a panel, with the sixth winner decided by public voting on Facebook.

Two volunteers painting art onto a storm drain

Volunteer painting storm drain art


Storm drain art, including the winning entries from the first contest, are currently visible at the Aspen Hill, Germantown and Kensington Park Libraries, the White Oak Community Center and other sites.  Those storm drains educate on litter, picking up pet waste and the connection between storm drains and streams.  Some of the messages are in both English and Spanish.

For more information on the contest and how to enter, visit

The contest is hosted by the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection, the Mid-County Regional Services Center, and the Wheaton Urban District in collaboration with Department of Transportation, Montgomery Parks, Friends of Sligo Creek, One Montgomery Green and Rock Creek Conservancy.


Natalya Parris Storm Drain Art Entry

Natalya Parris Storm Drain Art Entry from 2015. It was one of the winners from the first contest.

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