Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902
Entry deadline for youth artist rain barrel-painting contest extended to March 20
DOVER (March 10, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship has extended the deadline for applications from school children and student groups to participate in a rain barrel painting contest aimed at educating young Delawareans on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality. To enter the contest, young artists must complete and submit an application by the new deadline of Friday, March 20, with a description and preliminary sketch of their design.
DNREC will choose contest participants based on their application, design ideas and site placements. As part of the competition, each selected individual or group 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 or other suitable location. Once contest participants are selected, they will have five weeks to finish their painting and submit final photographs and information requested about their works.
Young artists who participate in the contest must be willing to give of their time and materials including paint and brushes or other application tools, and provide a short biography. In exchange, the Rain Barrel Program will provide a fully-assembled 55-gallon plastic rain barrel with two coats of primer applied, plus top coat and a location to temporarily display their work. This year’s barrels have been donated by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Coca-Cola.
The finished rain barrel designs will be posted online for public voting at www.delawarewatersheds.org. The top five painted entries as chosen by online voters 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 DNREC awards program on Governors Day, Thursday, July 30, at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington.
Applications can be found at www.delawarewatersheds.org. Completed applications should be sent by close of business March 20 to:
DNREC Nonpoint Source Program
C/O Sharon Webb
5 E. Reed Street, Suite 305
Dover, DE 19901
For more information, please contact Sharon Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org or 302-739-9922.
What is a Rain Barrel?Vol. 45, No. 59
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.