Storm drain art contest winners announced

October 29, 2020

NORTON, Va. – The City of Norton is excited to announce the four winners of its inaugural Storm Drain Art Contest.

The contest challenged participants to design artwork that contained an educational message about the importance of water quality to be placed at storm drains throughout the city.

The four contestants that entered the inaugural contest received $100 in prize money.

Winners included: •Ryan Bolling

•Preston Grimes and Madi Jo Grimes

•McKenzie Dykstra

•Nina S. Fialova

If interested in visiting the storm drain artwork, visit for a Google map detailing the location of each painting. Michele Knox, Norton Parks and Recreation Director, said the city hopes to make this an annual contest. The inspiration for the idea came from a similar project the City of Kingsport in Tennessee held.

“I appreciate Kingsport’s help in getting our contest started,” she added. Knox said she hopes the contest will help raise awareness about the importance of protecting Norton’s rivers, stream habitat, and aquatic wildlife. “I hope it will help people realize that anything that enters a storm drain doesn’t go to the city’s water treatment plant but instead directly into our streams,” she noted. “Whatever goes into the storm drains has an impact on the streams.”

The city thanks United Healthcare and Norton Lions Club for co-sponsoring the art contest. For more information about the artwork and contest, contact Michele Knox, or 276/679-0754. (Photos by Jana Brickett)