If there’s one thing Oregon has gotten plenty of in the past few months – and years – it’s rainfall. We see it pooling around ditches and low areas when it’s flooded, but where is it all supposed to go?

Members of the Netherwood Knoll Elementary School fourth grade “Green Team” learned the answer to that question, and also used their artistic abilities to help pass along the lesson – in a colorful way – to others.

On June 6, two artists from Dane Arts Mural Arts worked with students to paint an environmentally themed mural on the sidewalk next to the storm drain at Brook and Spring streets. The mural was designed by students Kate Konopacki and Olivia St. Clair.

Oregon is one of nine communities in Dane County that applied for and was selected to participate in this year’s Storm Drain Mural Project, a program led by the Madison Area Stormwater Partnership, Dane County and Dane Arts Mural Arts.

According to a county news release, the program “uses art as a vessel to learn about water pollution and solutions,” with a goal to “educate future generations about simple actions they can take to protect our precious water resources and have them teach others.”

For more information on the Storm Drain Mural Project, and how to protect area waters, visit ripple-effects.com.