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TOL PR 2016-03-30 storm drain marking program Town of Leesburg News Release For Immediate Release Media Contact: Betsy Arnett, Public Information Officer barnett@leesburgva.gov  703-771-2734 Volunteers Needed For Storm Drain Marking Program Leesburg, VA (March 30, 2016) – As part of April’s Keep Leesburg Beautiful Month, the Town of Leesburg is seeking volunteers to inspect and mark storm sewer inlets. The Town maintains its own Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) under a permit from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. The two primary goals of the Town’s stormwater management program are to eliminate localized flooding caused by heavy rains and to reduce the introduction of pollutants into area streams which eventually flow into the Chesapeake Bay. Storm sewer inlets, or storm drains, are the first line of defense in meeting both of these goals. If an inlet is blocked, either by debris or by vegetation, stormwater can back up into the street during a storm and cause localized flooding. Since most pollutants enter the storm sewer system through inlets, “Betty Bass” stickers remind people that whatever goes into the storm drain inlet eventually ends up in the Chesapeake Bay and “only rain should go down the drain.” “By doing something as simple as taking a walk through their neighborhood, residents can participate in Keep Leesburg Beautiful and help the Town maintain the storm sewer s ystem,” said Renée LaFollette, Leesburg’s Director of Public Works and Capital Projects. “We will provide a map of inlets in a specific neighborhood and a supply of Betty Bass stickers. All the volunteers need to do is mark which inlets need repair or attention from staff, place stickers on inlets without stickers, and return the map to us. It’s a great way to be involved in your community and educate your children about the importance of environmental stewardship.” To participate in the storm drain marking program, visit the Town website at www.leesburgva.gov/klb, email publicworks@leesburgva.gov or call 703-771-2790. # # #