Roger’s Westside Elementary gets new storm drain art!

4th and 5th grade students at Westside Elementary School in Rogers participated in stormwater runoff pollution prevention last year. Afterwards, they submitted designs for a new storm drain mural to be placed on their campus. Art teacher, Amanda Funkhouse took elements from several designs and painted the mural below during the summer. Thanks to Westside for helping educate our kids on how to keep water clean!

Mural at Westside Elem

Free car wash sweepstakes!

Any water that enters into a storm drain inlet in Northwest Arkansas goes directly to a creek or stream without being treated. When cars are washed on streets and driveways, that dirty water eventually ends up in rivers, streams, creeks, and lakes. Commercial car washes are plumbed to a treatment plant which keeps these pollutants out of our water.

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Or go to our FACEBOOK PAGE to answer the poll for a chance to win. You can enter daily until May 31st. Read all the rules and info HERE.

Good luck!

University of ArkansasNWA sw ed logoWhole MuralFayetteville Underground commissioned local artist, Amy Eichler, to paint a 18foot mural about UpStream Art! It has been on display at the Underground Gallery and now at hanging at the Community Creative Center at Walton Arts Center’s Nadine Baum Studios. The mural shows how stormwater flows underground into our storm drain system, untreated, into creeks and streams. Amy illustrated many of our everyday activities that may lead to water pollution.

The mural will continue travelling throughout Northwest Arkansas finding temporary homes at local galleries and businesses. If you know of a place that would be a good fit for the mural, please email:


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Congratulations to the Fayetteville High School Photography II Students!

The winner of this year’s contest is: Taylor Brady for her picture of the storm drain mural “Octopi” by Lucy Kagen and bridge over Town Branch. The creek that the storm drain flows into.
Creek Bridge Brady Mural - Brady

Honorable mention in the water picture category goes to Alex Moulton.
Creek Tunnel - Moulton

Honorable mention in the mural category goes to Page Hoover.
Mural Hoover

These three students will have their photographs on display during the month of May at Fayetteville Underground Gallery on the downtown square in Fayetteville.

Thanks to all that voted!

Fayetteville High School’s Photo Contest

Voting in now OPEN for Fayetteville High School’s photography contest.

Fayetteville High School photography students were asked to take photos of the storm drain murals as well as the water bodies they empty into. They took their best photos and have them on display at Onyx Coffee Lab on Gregg Ave. in Fayetteville.

You can vote for your favorite photographs! Please vote ONCE for your favorite CREEK photo and VOTE AGAIN for you favorite MURAL photo. You can click on the tabs in the menu options above. The winner of the art will be on display for the entire month of May at Fayetteville Underground! You can only vote once a day.

Artists Selected for 2015!!!

Congratulations to the artists selected for this year’s project. Painting should start soon on a storm drain near you!

Bella Vista
Mallory Whitehouse – Riordan Hall
Katy Kane – CVS on Mercy Way

Cassie Conley – NE “A” St by 21c Museum
Kate Dickinson – SE “A” & SE 2nd St.
Laura Neill – NW 2nd St (Between NW “A” and N Main St.)

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Randy Rust – Lot 56 (At Mullins Creek)
Lee Porter – 735 Dickson St. (In front of Nanotechnology building)
Paige Dirkson – Leroy Pond (By Bud Walton Arena)
Kate Barnes – Meadow St. (By bus stop in front of HYPR building)

Emily Chase – Jones Center (Entrance off Emma Ave.)
Nicole Helt – Jones Elementary

2015 Selection is underway!

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We received over 90 designs for this year’s UpStream Art program! A huge “thank you” to everyone that submitted a design! We have started the first round of selections, but the process for selection and approval will take close to a month. Look for the selected designs to be announced at the beginning of March! If you did submit a design, you will be notified by email!


2015 Call for Artists – NOW OPEN!!!

Please help us spread the word that we are now receiving applications for the 2015 UpStream Art storm drain mural project.

Each artists selected will be able to paint a mural with a message of clean water protection on a storm drain and receive $400 for their time. All paint will be provided by the Cooperative Extension Service.

Please select one of the following for an application packet or contact:
Jane Maginot
Cooperative Extension Service
2536 N. McConnell Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72704
479-684-9145 (Cell)
479-444-1755 (Office)

UpStream Art 2015 Artist Application (Word Doc)

UpStream Art 2015 Artist Application (pdf)

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What is UpStream Art? 
This unique and engaging educational program utilizes art to communicate the function and importance of storm drains. UpStream Art gives artists the opportunity to express themselves with semi-permanent public art in the form of a small-scale outdoor storm drain mural. The purpose of UpStream Art is to draw attention to the usually discreet concrete and iron infrastructure with the hope that observers stop and think about where the water flows after it enters a storm drain. If residents understand that stormwater flows untreated to creeks, streams, rivers and lakes, then they will be more conscious of potential pollutants that can enter those waterways. This project, along with the involvement of our vibrant art community, is unique and has a positive impact on water quality protection.

Why Storm Drains?

Leah Saffian's Cone Flower

Detail of Leah’s Saffian’s Cone Flower located on West and Maple in Fayettville

Stormwater runoff occurs when precipitation from rain or snowmelt flows over the ground. Impervious surfaces like driveways, sidewalks, streets, and parking lots prevent stormwater from naturally soaking into the ground. Stormwater acts like a magnet, picking up everything in its path such as grease, oil, sediment, litter, anti-freeze, fertilizer, yard clippings, and pet waste. Stormwater runoff flows into our storm drain system carrying with it the pollutants it has gathered. Many residents have a
misconception that storm drains are part of our sanitary sewer system that lead to a wastewater treatment plant. Instead, storm drains act as a direct link transporting stormwater untreated to local streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands. Polluted stormwater runoff can have many adverse effects on plants, fish, animals, and people.

Heart of Dickson

Tina Oppenheimer’s Heart of Dickson located at West Ave. & Dickson St. in Fayetteville

For more info contact:
Jane Maginot
Program Associate – Water Quality
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
2536 N. McConnell Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72704
Programs and events are open to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print, audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible prior to the activity.