Rain Barrel Expo Stems Runoff with Crowd-Pleasing Campaign
The Takeaway: “Don’t Give Up the Drip” rainbarrels decorated by local artists, and displayed by businesses, bring stormwater management issue front and center.
In Erie County, 50 rain barrels decorated by 50 local artists were displayed at 50 area businesses, sparking community interest in this simple way to reduce stormwater runoff and flooding. In addition, a community workshop gave participants tips, their own barrels, and adaptor kits for harvesting rainwater from their downspouts. A grant administered by the Pennsylvania Coastal Resources Management Program made possible this “Don’t Give Up the Drip” initiative.
Artist-decorated rain barrels were sealed to withstand UV rays, wind, and rain. Local businesses pitched in to donate the 55-gallon barrels, adhesives, primer, and display pedestals. As a result of the expo and workshop, scores of local homes and businesses feature rain barrels that conserve water by capturing runoff, preventing it from flooding streets and drains.
Additional grant support came from the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, ErieBank, and Erie Arts and Culture. (2018)
Partners: Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, ErieBank, and Erie Arts and Culture.