Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.
Public invited to vote online
for best painted rain barrel in youth contest
DOVER (May 13, 2014) – Beginning Monday, May 19, the public is invited to vote for their favorite entry online at www.delawarewatersheds.org in the youth rain barrel painting contest sponsored by DNREC’s Watershed Assessment and Management Section and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT). Online voting will close on Friday, June 6.
The top five painted entries out of 19 received will be displayed at DNREC’s building during this year’s Delaware State Fair in July, where they will be voted on again by fair visitors for best painted rain barrel. These five grand prize winners will also participate in DNREC’s annual awards ceremony on Governors Day, Thursday, July 24, at the Delaware State Fair in Harrington. The overall winner as voted on by fairgoers will be announced during the ceremony.
DNREC and DelDOT sponsored the contest to educate the community on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality. Participants were 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 is 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 public location.
For more information, please contact Sharon Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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