St. Paul rain barrel pickup + virtual workshop [SOLD OUT]

Event Date: 
Tuesday, August 24, 2021 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Wellstone Center, St. Paul
Rain barrel workshop

What's one of the simplest, high-impact ways to save water and help protect our watershed? Using a rain barrel.

Lawn and garden watering typically makes up 40% of total summer household water usage, according to the EPA. Plus, the biggest threat to our waters today is polluted runoff: water that runs off our roofs and into our streets and alleys, carrying all the oil, sediment and other contaminants that it picks up along the way into our lakes, rivers and streams. For conservation and for pollution prevention, 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 Mississippi River and its tributaries. Thanks to Great Lakes Coca-Cola of Eagan, FMR has used syrup containers (55 gallons, about 4 ft tall and 2 ft across) for participants to turn into rain barrels.

This year, we will have a rain barrel pickup and a virtual workshop. Register below to reserve your rain barrel and kit. Then, pick up your barrel from the Wellstone Center on Tuesday, August 24, from 5 - 7 pm. Lastly, join us for a virtual workshop as we guide you through assembling your barrel on Wednesday, August 25, from 5-6 pm. If you can't make it to the live workshop, no problem – we'll record it and send out the video to everyone who registers.

The workshop will also include a presentation on how home lawn and garden practices impact our waters and how we can make a difference. Then, we'll discuss the watershed-friendly benefits of rain barrels in more detail, then review how to build, incorporate, install and maintain them.

This event is sold out! To be notified of future water quality or rain barrel workshops contact FMR Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sophie Downey,

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Rain Barrels

Landscape for the River

Thanks to our partners and funders: the City of St. Paul Public Works, Great Lakes Coca-Cola of Eagan and the Wellstone Center.