Crews were out in a Flint Township neighborhood recently to stencil a bright blue message on storm drains. These serve as a reminder to residents that only rain should go down the drain. Contrary to popular belief, storm drainage does not go through a treatment plant but flows directly into nearby streams, lakes, creeks and rivers. So whether it is runoff from washing a car or dumping pet waste, motor oil, leaves, grass clipping, fertilizers or other hazardous household products down the drain, it all ends up polluting local waters. The Storm Drain Stenciling program is a partnership between the Genesee County Drain Commission and the Flint River Water Shed Coalition.