What's one of the simplest, high-impact ways to save water, save money and help protect our watershed? Using a rain barrel.
According to the EPA, lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total summer household water usage. Additionally, the biggest threat to our waters today is polluted runoff water that runs off our roofs and into our streets and alleys, carrying oil, sediment and other contaminants into our lakes, rivers and streams. Installing a rain barrel to collect and store rainwater for use on your lawn and gardens is a simple but powerful way to make a difference for the heath of our local waters.
Coca-Cola Refreshments in Eagan, Minnesota has provided FMR with 25 used 55-gallon syrup containers. During the course of this workshop, participants will be provided with the necessary parts ($30 per kit) and guided through the process of converting these containers to rain barrels.
The workshop will begin with a presentation on how home lawn and garden practices impact our waters and how we can make a difference. Well discuss the watershed-friendly benefits of rain barrels in more detail, then review how to build them, incorporate them into your yard, install and maintain them. With guidance from FMR and Coca-Cola staff, participants will then build a rain barrel to take home.
This event is part of the Vermillion Stewards program, organized by FMR and sponsored by the Vermillion Watershed Joint Powers Organization, engaging citizens in the care of the Vermillion River and its watershed and the special places within it.
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The registration fee is $30 which includes the barrel and installation kit. The barrels are 55-gallon containers that are white but paintable. The conversion kit uses a diverter system that eliminates the need to cut gutter downspouts or install over-flow valves, and eliminates potential for mosquito breeding.
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