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DNREC-DelDOT-sponsored rain barrel art contest winners
named; entries displayed at Delaware Ag Museum in April

DOVER (March 21, 2014) – The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and Department of Transportation have selected finalists in a rain barrel painting contest sponsored by the two agencies as a fun way to educate communities on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality.

Eleven Delaware artists have been chosen by DNREC and DelDOT to paint creative designs on a rain barrel in the competition to have their work put on prominent public display. The rain-barrel art finalists are:

·         Alan Rich, Rehoboth Beach

·         Kathi Schiavoni, Townsend

·         Laura Schmidt, Wilmington

·         Natalie Wipf, New Castle

·         Bruce McKinney, Milton

·         Kim Klabe, Rehoboth

·         Leah Curran, Bear

·         Susan S. Johnston, Dover

·         Diane Calloway, Laurel

·         Kim Littleton, Laurel

·         Monika Bullette, Wilmington

DNREC and DelDOT chose the artists based on their applications and designs. After being selected, the artists had five weeks to paint and return their barrels. The barrels will be displayed at the Delaware Agricultural Museum during the month of April. One grand prize-winning rain barrel will then be installed at Woodburn, the Governor’s Residence.

The display will give their work exposure to thousands of visitors, and photos of all decorated barrels also will be posted on the Delaware Watersheds website, Additionally, following the contest, artistic barrels will be dispersed for display at local events, at local businesses, with local governments and as prizes for social media contests. 

What is a Rain Barrel?
A rain barrel is a container that collects and stores the water from roofs and downspouts for future uses such as watering lawns, gardens, and house plants; cleaning off gardening tools; and washing your car.

Rain barrels help to lower your water bills, particularly in the summer months by collecting thousands of gallons of free water a year that homeowners don’t have to buy! Rain barrels are also important for our environment because they help reduce water pollution by decreasing the amount of stormwater runoff reaching our streams and rivers. The average rainfall of one inch within a 24 hour period can produce more than 700 gallons of water that run off a typical house. While it’s running from our homes and lawns, this stormwater picks up anything on the ground such as litter, excess fertilizer, pet waste, and motor oil and transports it to storm drains that do not treat the water before dumping it directly into our waterways. Rain barrels play an important role in protecting our water resources by collecting the stormwater runoff from our homes before it reaches our local streams and rivers. 

Vol. 44, No. 73

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