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The Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners issued their 2020-2021 report. Included were the results of an online survey of 500 Northern Virginia residents to understand the general awareness of stormwater runoff, determine the effectiveness of the ads, aid in directing the future efforts of the campaign and to reveal any changes in behavior.
The Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners is composed of a group of local governments, drinking water and sanitation authorities, and businesses that share the common goals to keep Northern Virginia residents healthy and safe by reducing the amount of pollution from stormwater runoff that reaches local creeks and rivers, and empower individuals to take action to reduce pollution. The Northern Virginia Regional Commission coordinates the activities of the partnership.
To meet these goals, the Partners work together to:
Membership is voluntary and each member makes an annual contribution to fund the program. By working together, the partners can leverage their funds to develop and place bilingual educational products with common messages and themes, thereby extending the campaign’s reach.
Only Rain Down the Storm Drain is the motto of the partnership. The 2021 campaign helped to satisfy MS4 (Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System) Phase I and Phase II permit requirements for stormwater education and documenting changes in behavior.
More about the partnership and its activities can be found at www.onlyrain.org. The current report and previous reports can be found at https://www.onlyrain.org/annual-summaries.