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

Public invited to vote online for best painted rain barrel
in youth and adult art contests now through June 5

DOVER (May 20, 2015) – The public’s art appreciation is sought in voting for favorite entries now online at in the 2015 youth and adult rain barrel painting contests sponsored by DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section. Online voting is open through Friday, June 5.

This year’s 16 adult entries will be on display for public viewing at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover from Thursday, May 21 through Friday, June 19. The grand prize winner will be displayed at DNREC’s building during this year’s Delaware State Fair in Harrington in July, and presented to the Governor during DNREC’s annual awards ceremony on Governor’s Day, Thursday, July 30.

The top five youth entries out of 14 selected for contest voting also will be displayed at DNREC’s building during the Delaware State Fair, where they will be voted on again by fair visitors for best painted rain barrel. The five youth grand prize winners also will participate in DNREC’s Governors Day awards, with the overall winner to be announced during the ceremony.

DNREC sponsors the contests to educate the community on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality. Participants are chosen based on their applications, design ideas and site placements. Individuals or groups chosen each received a fully-assembled, primed 55-gallon plastic barrel, topcoat and bubble wrap; they supplied their own paint, brushes and other materials or tools. They then had five weeks to finish their artistry and submit final photographs and information, as well as a short biography of themselves.

As part of this program, each selected individual or group in the youth contest is required to find a public home for displaying their finished rain barrel. Placement can be at a school, with a nonprofit organization, church, municipal building, or other public location.  

Adult entries also will be placed in public locations – businesses, organizations and non-profit groups interested in displaying an artist’s rain barrel at your facility, please contact Sara Wozniak at or 302-382-0335.

For more information on the rain barrel contests, please contact Sharon Webb at or 302-739-9922.

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 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. 45, No. 157

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