The Khmer message, we would believe, also reads "No dumping, flows to river." It reflects the large Cambodian community of Lowell, Massachusetts, one whose restaurants, bakeries, and snack shops, like their English-speaking counterparts, must be reminded not to wash their effluvia down the drain. (More about Lowell's Cambodian eateries in posts to come.)
Similar messages mark catch basins throughout Boston; plaques like those shown below help safeguard Boston Harbor, the Charles River, and the Neponset River. I'm also familiar with plaques for Alewife Brook and Dorchester Bay, and I've noticed that each plaque portrays a different species. (The second and third subjects below are very similar, true, but a close inspection reveals differences in the dorsal and caudal fins.) So far, that's five: How many fish in the sea?
"No dumping, flows to river"