Contact: Philip Miller, DNREC Watershed Assessment Section, 302-672-1149
DNREC’s Watershed Assessment Section hosts free rain barrel-building workshop Saturday in Seaford
DNREC’s Watershed Assessment Section will host a rain barrel-building workshop Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. at the Mt Olivet United Methodist Church located at 315 High Street, Seaford, DE 19973.
Workshop participants will receive free hardware kits that convert their curbside trash cans or plastic drums into rain barrels. (Cans or drums must be brought by participants to the workshop; they will not be provided. Attendees can purchase a curbside trash can to bring to the workshop for less than $15 from local home improvement stores such as Home Depot.)
A brief presentation will provide an overview of rain barrels, including the benefits, do’s and don’ts in using them, their assembly and maintenance. Next, attendees can choose to convert their rain barrel with guidance, or have a DNREC representative assemble the barrel’s fittings provided by the company EarthMinded.
The workshop is part of the “Reclaim Our River: Nanticoke Series,” a series of events, workshops and recreational activities in the Nanticoke Watershed aiming to connect residents to their waterways and providing information that can protect aquatic resources. More information on the series can be found at http://delawarewatersheds.org/ while anyone wanting to attend the workshop can register here.
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 pay for! Rain barrels are also important to the environment because they help reduce water pollution by decreasing the amount of stormwater runoff reaching our streams and rivers. One inch of rainfall within a 24-hour period can produce more than 700 gallons of water that run off a typical house. While it’s running off from our homes and lawns, 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.
This DNREC effort supports Governor Markell’s Clean Water for Delaware’s Future initiative – a comprehensive plan for cleaning up Delaware’s bays, rivers and streams so they meet water quality standards for drinking, swimming and supporting fish and other aquatic life. The plan accelerates a wide range of clean water projects that protect public health and safety, improve water quality, increase the resiliency of Delaware’s communities to storms and flooding, support our multi-billion dollar tourism and agriculture industries, create jobs and bolster the economic revitalization of our towns and cities.
Vol. 44, No. 105