Water Pollution Prevention Video Receives National Award
A video produced by UNC’s Institute for the Environment (UNC-IE) and the Town of Chapel Hill’s Stormwater Management Division won the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) 2015 StormTV Project award in the training category.
WEF is a non-profit technical and educational organization representing water quality professionals around the world.
The winning video, Keep Restaurant Pollution and Profits From Going Down the Stormwater Drain (http://bit.ly/1DHZSw3), as well as its companion video in Spanish (http://bit.ly/1MguYwm), will be added to WEF’s StormTV Project’s listings on YouTube and will be featured in the awards ceremony during WEF’s conference in Chicago in September. The conference is the world’s largest annual water quality conference.
The video was produced as part of a local pollution prevention training program created for restaurant workers. The program addresses stormwater runoff pollution and the need to prevent dumping detergents, grease and organic matter from bars and restaurants into storm drains. The Wallace Genetic Foundation helped to fund the effort. The Chapel Hill Restaurant Group provided use of Mez and Squid’s for filming the restaurant scenes.
The video and other free outreach materials help restaurant owners and employees become aware of the storm drain system, learn about local watersheds and understand how they can prevent water pollution. Since the training program began in Chapel Hill, restaurant employees have reduced the number of dumping violations, and several local businesses have invested in constructing or improving washout areas to avoid sending detergents, bacteria and organic matter into storm drains and local creeks.
Restaurant training materials are posted on the Town of Chapel Hill’s website under Stormwater Management (http://bit.ly/1UzecLJ). Chapel Hill restaurants may call Stormwater Management for free training presentations. For more information, contact Wendy Smith at 919-969-7246 or firstname.lastname@example.org.