Membership in STORM provides increased buying power that helps achieve bulk pricing on storm water pollution prevention awareness promotional items and reduce in developmental fees.
Examples include, but are not limited to:
- Water Runoff Models - The City of Chandler developed a display illustrating stormwater drainage and how pollutants enter the stormwater system. Use of this model has been offered to STORM members on a reservation process.
- Storm Drain Marker Templates - The City of Phoenix developed a template of a storm drain marker to be installed on stormwater catch basins that warn of potential of contamination from improper discharge. Since then, other STORM members have worked to secure competitive pricing for these public information markers (PAMs) and have incorporated them into their individual programs, and secured contracted pricing is offered to all STORM members who are interested in implementing this into their stormwater program.
- Promotional Items - Fountain Hills developed a template for wrist bands embossed with STORM's slogan “Only Rain in the Storm Drain” and was made available to members without having to endure the cost of the original casting price. Since then, other STORM members have worked to secure competitive pricing for these wrist bands and secured contracted pricing is offered to all STORM members who are interested in implementing this into their stormwater program.
- Brochures - STORM has developed tri-fold color brochure addressing common stormwater pollutants that have been identified to cause contamination to surface water bodies. These brochures target the general public and industrial operations, including construction activities, providing tips on how to help reduce stormwater pollution and means necessary to achieve regulatory compliance.
- Storm Drain Dan Comic Books – The City of Phoenix developed comic books related to preventing stormwater pollution. Phoenix has released the copyrights to some of the Storm Drain Dan publications for use, and alteration thereof, to certain STORM membership. This reduces costs for other STORM members to have to develop such unique and appropriate means of public relations individually.
If you have a product or idea that you think STORM could incorporate into their stormwater education, outreach, and participation program; please contact a Board Member by visiting the Contact STORM page.
Bags on Board Program
STORM initiated the pet waste reduction program in the fall of 2008. This project was aimed at reducing stormwater pollution from canine feces. STORM provided two local pet adoption agencies small containers holding plastic bags intended for proper collection and disposal of pet feces (entitled "Bags-on-Board"). The small refillable containers can be fastened to pet leashes. Each person adopting a dog at these facilities receives a Bags-on-Board container bearing the STORM logo and information regarding the STORM website. Between the two adoption centers an estimated 10,000 dogs are adopted in the region annually.
Due to the success of this program, STORM is considering extending this program beyond the original pilot testing stage. To determine if this program has continued in operation, or to be added see the STORM email distribution list, visit the Contact STORM page.
STORM members have participated in state-wide training opportunities for seminars developed by private organizations to educate companies on how to effectively operate in compliance with local, state, and federal stormwater regulations. For these appearances, these members have been provided payment for their expertise. All of the STORM members who have voluntarily provided such service had donated these payments to assist in the funding of the STORM organization.
STORM is currently evaluating their options for establishing a program that would provide education at little or no cost to participants interested in gaining incite and information on how to operate in compliance with established stormwater permits.
To find out more about this program element, or to be added see the STORM email distribution list, visit the Contact STORM page.
Awards and Recognition
STORM was the first regional stormwater public education and outreach organization in Arizona. The collaborative, voluntary, and highly organized approach to disseminating information and resources to residents and the regulated community throughout the Greater Phoenix Metropolitan Area has provided a distinctive and effective means to reduce stormwater pollution while maximizing the benefit of shared resources.
STORM has been nominated for the following awards/recognition:
- Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Award in the category of Environmental Education/Communication - Public Sector. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the sustainability of the Valley communities.
- Maricopa Association of Governments' Desert Peak Award. An award that recognizes people, projects, and partnerships that have demonstrated a commitment to regionalism.