Public Art With An Environmental Message

Friends of the St. Clair River has launched the Thumb Coast Storm Drain Art Project, a new public art initiative with an environmental message. Murals painted on sidewalks and streets are bringing awareness to the connectivity between storm drains and our rivers. A painted storm drain reminds us that what goes into the drain ends up in our rivers. untreated. Artist's designs reflect messages of keeping our water clean, like "only rain in the drain", "be the solution to pollution", and "we're all downstream". When people make the storm drain-river connection, they are more likely to help keep them clean. Dozens of youth and adult artists are bringing their art to life at twenty-five storm drain locations in Port Huron, St. Clair, and Marine City throughout the summer.

Storm Drain Artists at Work - Summer 2022

Design Sneak Peak

  • Alyssa-Crowley-StClair

  • Amanda Rogers – Marine City

  • Amanda Rogers – St Clair

  • Avery Campbell – Port Huron

  • Corey Hostetter – Marine City

  • Donna Mitchell Collins – Port Huron

  • Donna Mitchell Collins – St Clair

  • Edward Lee – Port Huron

  • Ellen Conard – Port Huron

  • Grace Mason – St Clair

  • Josephine Dimick – Marine City

  • Kara Karacher – St Clair

  • Kayla Faust – Port Huron

  • Kayla Harms – St Clair

  • Leslie Cieplechowicz – Marine City

  • Logan Drinkwine – Marine City

  • Marilyn Wynne – Port Huron

  • Maxie Masters – Marine City

  • Maxie Masters – St Clair

  • Megan Strachan – Port Huron

  • Meghan Burns – St Clair

  • SK Mabry – Marine City

  • SK Mabry – Port Huron

  • Skyler Heslop – Marine City

  • Teagan Georgia – St Clair


Design A Drain!

Test your designs on our storm drain art coloring page! Sometimes it's easier when you can see what you're working with, so use the coloring page to see what your design could look like on a storm drain!

Download the coloring page to get started...



Project Summary
The Thumb Coast Storm Drain Art Project is a public environmental art initiative with a call to action. Through art blended with education we can create positive change to improve waterways, protect fish and wildlife, and provide safe drinking water. This project pairs mentor artists working with youth to create career exposure and civic engagement opportunities.

Project Partners
The Storm Drain Art Project is spearheaded by Friends of the St. Clair River with collaboration from the River Rec Teen Zone, local Downtown Development Authorities, Blue Water Creatives, and the St. Clair Art Association. Representatives from each organization will determine the winning designs.

Project Funding
Funding for this project is provided by the Community Foundation of St. Clair County - Blue Water Arts Committee, River Rec Teen Zone, St. Clair Art Association, and the City of Port Huron. This is only the third project of it's kind in Michigan. - thank you for your support!

Organization Information
Founded in 2007, Friends of the St. Clair River is the Thumb Coast’s largest environmental nonprofit. Our mission is to protect and restore the St. Clair River watershed through community education, environmental monitoring, hands-on stewardship, and advocacy. We are committed to helping communities make the best decisions for rivers and clean water so that green solutions become the preferred way to improve our quality of life.

Questions? Reach out to Lydia Nicholas, Environmental Field Technician, at