Lexington County, Environmental Coordinator, India Woodson, has been busy meeting residents at Neighborhood Watch meetings with Officer Stacey Gadson of the Sheriff’s Department. Together they share ways that residents can make their neighborhoods safer. Officer Gadson focuses on ways to protect against criminals, while Ms. Woodson focuses on ways to protect waterways from pollution and neighborhoods from flooding.
One of these ways is to get involved by putting tags on the storm drains in your neighborhood that notify residents to refrain from dumping anything down a storm drain because it drains directly to the nearest stream. Anything other than rain water should never go down a storm drain. Also, she lets them know that if their storm drains are blocked up with yard waste, debris and vegetation, flooding can result after a rain storm. The Shirway Court Neighborhood Watch group (pictured above) decided they wanted to take care of tagging their storm drains. On November 8th, Officer Gadson, Ms. Woodson and the neighbors walked the neighborhood with caulk guns loaded with adhesive and storm drain tags bearing the “No Dumping, Drains to Waterway” message and proceeded to tag every storm drain on their street in an hour.
During the process of tagging the storm drains, a couple of blocked up storm drains were noted, and Ms. Woodson notified the County Public Works office and shortly thereafter all the storm drains on Shirway Court were cleaned of debris and vegetation that was hiding the storm drain.
If you would like to learn how you can tag storm drains in your neighborhood, please call India Woodson, Environmental Coordinator at (803) 785-8201 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .