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Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Delaware artists invited to apply for DNREC Division of Watershed Stewardship’s rain barrel-painting contest now through March 18

DOVER (Feb. 24, 2016) – DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship is now accepting applications from Delaware artists for participation in a rain barrel painting contest aimed at educating Delawareans on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality. Artists selected will be invited to paint creative designs on rain barrels that will be prominently displayed in public areas.

To enter the contest, adult artists must complete and submit an application by Friday, March 18, which includes providing a description and preliminary sketch of their design. DNREC will choose participants in the contest based on their application and design ideas. Once contest participants have been selected, they will have five weeks to finish their painting and submit final photographs and information requested. 

Participating artists must be willing to give of their time and must provide materials including paint and brushes or other application tools, an interpretation of their work, and a short biography. In exchange, DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section will provide a fully-assembled 55-gallon plastic rain barrel with two coats of primer applied, plus top coat. This year’s barrels have been donated by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Coca-Cola.

Finished rain barrel designs will be posted online for public voting and also displayed at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover from June 1 through July 19. Five finalists will be chosen by online voting at All five finalists will receive prizes. A professional judging panel will choose the grand prize winner, whose barrel will be displayed at the DNREC Building at the 2016 Delaware State Fair and presented to the Governor on Governor’s Day, Thursday, July 28. The winning barrel will then be installed at Woodburn, the Governor’s Residence in Dover.

Applications can be found at Completed applications should be sent by close of business March 18 to:

DNREC Watershed Assessment and Management Section

C/O Sara Wozniak

2430 Old County Road

Newark, DE 19702

For more information, please contact Sara Wozniak at or 302-382-0335.

What is a Rain Barrel?
A rain barrel is a container that collects and stores water from roofs and downspouts for uses such as watering lawns, gardens, and house plants; cleaning off gardening tools; and washing your car. Rain barrels help lower your water bills, particularly in the summer months by collecting thousands of gallons of water a year. 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. An average rainfall of one inch within a 24-hour period can produce more than 700 gallons of water that run off a typical house. This stormwater runoff picks up anything on the ground such as litter, excess fertilizer, pet waste, and motor oil, transporting it to storm drains that dump the untreated water directly into our waterways.


Vol. 46, No. 56
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