Contact: Michael Globetti, DNREC Public Affairs, or Philip Miller, DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship, 302-672-1149 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
DNREC to host rain barrel workshop
Saturday, March 14, in Seaford
DOVER (Feb. 25, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section will host a rain barrel-building workshop on Saturday, March 14 at 10 a.m. at the Blades Town Hall, 20 West 4th Street, Seaford, DE 19973. The event is limited to the first 25 participants to register for it, each of whom will also receive a free rain barrel kit (limited to one per household) at the workshop.
At the workshop, DNREC will provide free kits that convert plastic drums donated by Dogfish Head Brewery and Coca-Cola into rain barrels. A brief presentation will provide an overview of rain barrels including their benefits, do’s and don’ts for how to use them, and their assembly and how to maintain them. Afterward, workshop participants can choose to construct their rain barrel with guidance, or work with a DNREC representative who will assemble the barrel. Participants can register here for free: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-rain-barrel-building-workshop-tickets-15742795124
The rain barrel workshop is part of the “Reclaim Our River, Nanticoke Series,” a program designed to bring more water quality oriented events, workshops and recreational opportunities to the Nanticoke Watershed. This program provides important information on techniques of reducing nutrient and sediment pollution and other ways to improve water quality. The series also promotes public access to waterways and provides recreational opportunities as a way to connect residents to their waterways and inspire them to make improvements. More information on the Reclaim Our River Program can be found here: http://delawarewatersheds.org/
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 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 runs off a typical house. As run-off 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.
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