Have you seen the new turtle mural above the storm drain at Vilas Park? It features two of Lake Wingra’s favorite creatures to spot: the snapping and painted turtle. The new turtle mural, located across from the tennis court parking lot near Lake Wingra in Vilas Park, was made possible by Dane County’s Storm Drain Mural Program. This program uses storm drains as a canvas to educate residents about stormwater pollution through art.
The goals of this colorful turtle mural are to 1) capture the attention of those who pass by, 2) help them understand that stormwater that enters this storm drain flows directly into Lake Wingra, and 3) get them thinking about what they can do to “Keep It Clean”, such as keeping leaves out of the street and limiting, or better yet–stopping the use of salt on sidewalks.
The Vilas Neighborhood Association coordinated the mural painting event along the shore of Lake Wingra at the end of August to raise awareness of Lake Wingra’s Watershed. Residents were invited to come learn how their actions directly impact the water quality of Lake Wingra and help paint the mural.
Christal Campbell, Ripple Effects Stormwater Education Coordinator, lead a captivating and kid-friendly presentation about stormwater runoff. Using her watershed model, she showed how our actions have ripple effects and the importance of keeping things like leaves and salt out of the storm drains.