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The city is seeking 10 local artists to help promote Lincoln's water quality by painting storm drain inlets.

The purpose of the "UpStream Art — Lincoln" project is to use the city's stormwater drain outlets to send messages about protecting the water and environment.

Pollutants going into storm sewers across the city end up in local streams and do not go through the city's sewage-treatment plants.  

"This project uses art to communicate the function and importance of storm drains," said Erin Kubicek, the "UpStream Art — Lincoln" coordinator with the city's watershed management program.

Mural designs must incorporate the phrase "Only Rain in the Drain" into the artwork, either by itself or as part of a longer message. 

Artists will use acrylic paint and Seal-Krete concrete sealer. Paints and sealer will be provided by the watershed management program. Artists will be required to provide their own brushes, tools and paint containers.

A committee will select designs from those submitted. The committee will be looking for designs with water or water quality-related themes that emphasize that storm drains lead directly to local waterways.

Designs featuring native wildlife that live in or near the water and their habitat are encouraged but not required.

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The deadline to apply for the project is June 16, and artists must be Lincoln residents, age 19 and older. Groups also may apply.

The designs are scheduled for installation July 17-23.

For more information and to apply, visit lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: UpStream) or contact Kubicek at 402-441-4959 or ekubicek@lincoln.ne.gov

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Nancy Hicks reports on Lincoln city government, but she’s been following the leaders of local and state government for more than 40 years.

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