See the Fish in Nash Square Park

The First Storm Drain Art Installation is Here!

News posted Jul. 26, 2018 - 6:00 am
Storm Drain Art

Updated October 22

In September, local artist Sarahlaine Calva finished the first of five storm drain art installations planned for this upcoming year. The art is located in downtown Raleigh’s Nash Square Park. The design is made up of vibrant and bright-colored rain drops and fish spanning across the sidewalk to two storm drains in the park. The art depicts the direct connection between the quality of stormwater runoff and the health of streams and the wildlife that live in these waterways.

“This design conveys the message that nature is truly a beautiful thing and that we should do our best to preserve its beauty so that it can last for many more generations.”

- Sarahlaine Calva

The goal for this project is to help residents understand that the small things we do each day can have a big impact on natural resources. Anything that goes down the storm drain goes directly through the stormwater system to local streams and creeks.

The art reminds residents to keep these items out of the storm drain:

  • Trash and litter;
  • Paint;
  • Grease and oils;
  • Pet waste;
  • Yard waste and leaves; and,
  • Soapy water and wastewater.

Questions? Contact the Stormwater Management Division at 919-996-3940 or

This article was originally printed in the Stormwater Management Division's Urban Watersheds publication. Subscribe to learn more and to receive stormwater-related news.

--- July 26, 2018 ---

Raleigh Stormwater and Raleigh Arts are excited to partner with local artist Sarahlaine Calva this fall. She will be painting five storm drains in Raleigh to spread awareness about water pollution and the negative impacts it has on streams, lakes, and rivers.

This project also will bring more public art to the city and draw attention to storm drains in a fun and unique way. The goal is to encourage residents to keep litter and other debris out of our waterways.

Follow @RaleighArts for more details on where the art will be located and when it will be installed!

Office of Raleigh Arts: 919-996-3610 or

Stormwater Management Division: 919-996-3940 or

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