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Brad was raised in Springfield, attended Kickapoo High School, and is
currently attending classes at Ozarks Technical Community College. After
completing his Associate of Arts degree he plans to transfer to Drury
University to study architecture.
When asked why he chose to get involved in the project Davenport said,
“To be honest, when the project was brought to my attention I knew very
little about what happens to water once it enters a storm drain. I don’t
think I ever really took the time to think about it. However, once I was
made aware, being a person who enjoys floating and trips to the lake with
friends and family during the summer, I felt this was my chance to help and
possibly make a difference. The project has been successful in bringing
awareness to the public, which hopefully will make people think before they
throw trash out a car window or dump chemicals in the street.”
Photographs of the storm drain art, printed on aluminum, were displayed
during the May First Friday Artwalk and at Artsfest on Walnut Street. The
public was invited to vote on their favorite mural during those events. The
goal of the display and the project is to raise awareness that storm drains
lead directly to our streams and rivers. Soapy water, litter, yardwaste and
other pollutants that end up in storm drains can impact water quality.
Stormwater runoff can also pick up and carry pollutants from the landscape
such as excess lawn fertilizer, pet waste and sediment from construction
sites. The 10 storm drains that were painted in the downtown area lead to
Jordan Creek which drains to the James River and eventually Table Rock Lake.