St. Johns Riverkeeper offers new rain barrel program

St. Johns Riverkeeper, a nonprofit advocacy organization for the St. Johns River, is offering the public the opportunity to purchase high-quality rain barrels at a discounted price for a limited period of time. The Rain Barrel Program has been initiated to encourage residents to conserve precious water resources as well as to protect water quality. St. Johns Riverkeeper is partnering with The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and Riverside Avondale Preservation on the project.

Rain barrels capture rainwater from roof-tops by connecting to the home’s downspout. This water would typically be sent down storm drains carrying potential contaminants and other debris to the St. Johns River and its tributaries. The cumulative effect of rain barrels implemented throughout a geographic area can have a significant impact on storm water management and water quality. Water collected by the rain barrels can be used for gardens, lawns, and to wash cars and pets.

Deadline to pre-order is February 25, 2013. There will also be a limited number of rain barrels available on pick up day. Normal retail is $109, but through this special promotion the barrels are just $65 or two for $120.

Order now and pick up at The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, 829 Riverside Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 2. Quantities are limited. Learn more on the St. Johns Riverkeeper website, www.stjohnsriverkeeper.org, and order rain barrels (with childproof, bug proof lids) online at www.rainbarrelprogram.org/rainbarrelsfortheriver.
“This program is an important step toward protecting clean water in our community, because it offers an inexpensive and proven option to help people make a difference in their own backyards,” says Shannon Blankinship, St. Johns Riverkeeper Outreach Director. “We are committed to protecting our water quality and managing the damaging effects of storm water runoff. The use of rain barrels will provide residents the tools they need to conserve water, prevent water pollution, and reduce sedimentation in our lakes, rivers and streams.”

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