Storm Drain Art Contest

​​Welcome to Alachua County’s first ever Storm Drain Art Contest! The purpose of this contest is to increase awareness of local water quality issues, specifically stormwater pollution, while showcasing public art.

Stormwater pollution occurs when contaminants such as pet waste, fertilizers, grass clippings, and trash are swept into storm drains as runoff moves across the landscape. The drains you see in neighborhoods and along roadways in our community often lead directly to local creeks. The water in our creeks eventually ends up in the Floridan aquifer—the source of our drinking water. How would you let others know that our actions directly impact the health of our water? Show us by designing a mural!

Two winning designs will be selected. The winners will be awarded a free guided river tour led by Adventure Outpost, and interpretations of their artwork will be reproduced on storm drain inlets near the entrance of the new parking area at Sweetwater Preserve on SE 16th Ave. in Gainesville.

Please read and download all documents. The deadline for artwork submission is Friday, March 25, 2022.

Examples of Storm Drain Art

The images below provide examples of storm drain murals from cities across the U.S.

Guidelines, FAQs, Artwork Template, and Entry Form

Important Dates

  • March 25, 2022 - Deadline for contest entries
  • April 2022 - Winners announced
  • May 2022 - Completed murals unveiled


  • Haley Cox
  • 352-264-6825​

  • Entries can be mailed or hand delivered to:
    Alachua County Environmental Protection Department
    408 W. University Ave, Suite 106
    Gainesville, FL 32601