'Make & Take' Rain Barrel Workshop - Just $40!
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're back to hosting in-person workshops! Register below to reserve your rain barrel and kit. During the course of this workshop, participants will be provided with the necessary parts ($40 per kit) and guided through the process of converting these containers into allies for a cleaner Mississippi River.
The workshop will begin with a presentation on how home, lawn and garden practices impact our waters and how we can make a difference.
Next, we'll discuss the watershed-friendly benefits of rain barrels in more detail, then review how to build, incorporate, install and maintain them. With guidance from FMR staff, participants will then build their very own rain barrel to take home following the workshop.
Please note: rain barrels and kits not picked up on the day of the event will automatically be refunded as FMR does not have the capacity to store and transport them. If you know you won't be able to make it on June 21, please keep an eye out for future rain barrel distribution dates - we will have another workshop in August.