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

State Fairgoers vote first place winner
in youth rain barrel painting contest

HARRINGTON (July 24, 2014) Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and Division of Watershed Stewardship Director Frank Piorko announced the first-place winner in the youth rain barrel painting contest sponsored by DNREC and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT). Fairgoers had the opportunity to view the top five finalists’ painted barrels on display in the DNREC Building at the Fair, and to vote until Tuesday’s deadline for their favorite. All five barrels will remain on display until the fair closes on Saturday.

The first place barrel winner in the youth contest, as voted by fairgoers, is “Protecting the Past, Present and Future,” by 5th grade Super Scientists Amy Membreno, Emily Monigle, Ella Rishko and George Meili’s class, Rehoboth Beach Elementary School.

The other four finalists are:

·        “Every Drop Counts,” by Adeeba Allimulla, Huda Kose, Furkan Kose, Yusuf Kose, Nur Kose, Merve Kekik, Mirac Kekik, Yusuf Patel, Hana Hubert and Yousuf Ahmed of the Zakat Foundation Water Miners, Newark

·        “Barrel of Abstract,” by Devin Brown, Millsboro Middle School

·        “Happy River, Happy People,” by Piper Drace and Dylan Drace, Nanticoke River Arts Council, Seaford

·        “Nature’s Dew,” by Mary Beth Robbins, Maura Breeding, McKenna Breeding, Brielle Carter, Maci Carter, Bethany Knutsen, Matthew Post, Leighton Webb and Leslie Webb of the Peach Blossom 4-H Club, Greenwood

Artist and educator Susan S. Johnston of Dover, winner of the DNREC and DelDOT-sponsored adult rain barrel painting contest, also was recognized during the ceremony. Her winning entry, “It’s About Time,” as chosen by public voting last spring, shows the many demands on water. Clocks are woven into the design to emphasize the immediate need to conserve and protect our water. Johnston is an art educator and illustrator whose work has been shown nationally and internationally, and is included in numerous public and private collections. Her winning rain barrel will be placed at Woodburn – the Governor’s House in Dover.  

DNREC and DelDOT sponsored the two rain barrel painting contests to educate the community on the benefits of using rain barrels to reduce rainwater runoff and improve water quality. Nineteen youth participants and 11 adult participants were chosen for the contests 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 the 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 about the rain barrel painting contests, including photos of the entries, please click 2014 artistic rain barrel contest. For more information on the 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. 44, No. 258
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