Storm Drain Chalk-Off Competition and Event!

The Healthy Waters Program under the City of Oak Ridge Stormwater Division is excited to announce our first ever Storm Drain Chalk-Off competition and event! The competition’s theme this year is, “Keep it Clean ‘Cause We’re All Downstream!” to spread awareness about stormwater pollution in the community. We welcome anyone in the community to go out to a storm drain in their neighborhood and create art! Your submission must be chalk art centered around/including a storm drain. To enter the competition, we are asking people to take a photo of their storm drain art and send it to with their name, contact information, and which category it is being submitted for. There are 4 categories: Adult (18+), Youth (middle-high school), Children (elementary and younger), and Jackson Square Event (more info below). Groups are welcome to submit together and there is no limit on entries. The deadline to send in chalk art to be judged is April 23rd, the day of our Storm Drain Chalk-Off event in Jackson Square. Prizes include: a $20 Amazon Gift Card for 1st place in each category; a complimentary dinner for two from Aubrey’s Restaurant for the 1st place winners in the Adult and Jackson Square category; and a prize from Buff City Soap which will soon open a new location in Oak Ridge.
We also want to announce a call for artists to create chalk art for our Storm Drain Chalk-Off finale event on the storm drains in Jackson Square on Saturday, April 23rd from 8am-1pm. There are only 7 spots for the Jackson Square category so send us an email as soon as possible if you are interested! More details about the event will come in the next week.
Any questions about the Storm Drain Chalk-Off can be directed to our email at or by phone at (865) 425-1890. We are also still open to donations for prizes from local businesses.