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Contact: Sharon Webb, DNREC Watershed Assessment Section,, or 302-739-9922 

DNREC Watershed Assessment Section, DelDOT
sponsor youth artist rain barrel-painting contest

DOVER (Feb. 6, 2014) – DNREC’s Watershed Assessment Section and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) are sponsoring a contest to educate the state’s young people on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality. Selected children or student groups will be invited to paint creative designs on a rain barrel that will be put on prominent public display.

DNREC and DelDOT will choose participants in the contest based on their application, design ideas and site placements. Once contest participants have been selected, they will have five weeks to finish their painting and submit final photographs and information requested.

The rain barrel designs will be voted on by the public online at The top five painted entries will be displayed at this year’s Delaware State Fair, where they will be voted on again by fair visitors for best painted rain barrel. These five grand prize winners will also participate in the annual Governors Day program at the Delaware State Fair.

The 55-gallon plastic barrels for the contest will be fully assembled and come with two coats of primer applied. The children or student groups are responsible for supplying their own paint for their design. To enter the contest, participants must complete and submit an application by March 3, 2014, with a description and preliminary sketch of their design.

As part of this competition, each selected individual or group for the contest will be required to find a public home for their finished rain barrel. Placement can be at a school, with a nonprofit organization, church, municipal building, etc.

Young artists who consider participating in the contest must be willing to give of their time, materials (paint and brushes or other application tools), their creativity, an interpretation of their work, and provide a short biography of themselves. In exchange, the Rain Barrel Program will provide a fully assembled and primed rain barrel, sandpaper, top coat, bubble wrap, free publicity, and a location to temporarily display your work.

Applications can be found at Completed applications should be sent by close of business March 3, 2014 to:

DNREC Watershed Assessment Section
c/o Sharon Webb
5 E. Reed Street
Suite 305
Dover, DE 19901

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. So 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.

For more information, please contact Sharon Webb at or 302-739-9922

Vol. 44, No. 32

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