DNREC celebrating Earth Day on April 22 with rain barrel sale, conservation exhibits

65-gallon rain barrel with planterDOVER (April 17, 2013) – In celebration of the 43rd annual Earth Day, DNREC is holding a rain barrel sale and showcasing conservation exhibits from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday, April 22 at the agency’s Richardson and Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover.

The rain barrels are being offered to Delaware residents by DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship at a discounted price – $70.37 each. The 65-gallon granite-colored barrels are made from 30 percent recycled materials and include a planter at the top. Delaware residents who purchase a rain barrel and live in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed will receive a voucher for a free tree through the “Trees for the Bays” program. Forty barrels are available and will be sold on a first come, first served basis. To check on availability of rain barrels during the sale event, call DNREC at 302-739-9922. Payment may be made by check or money order, made out to “State of Delaware.” Credit cards cannot be accepted.

In addition, outside in front of the building, DNREC will showcase conservation exhibits on what homeowners can do to:

  • Reduce ozone pollution and improve air quality
  • Conserve water
  • Improve water quality
  • Recycle and compost
  • Install a rain garden
  • Volunteer to work on projects that protect our environment

During the event, DNREC staff will be expanding the demonstration backyard habitat located in front of the building. Native plants and mulch will be added that reduce stormwater runoff, create a habitat for local wildlife and beautify the area. Environmental scientists will be on-hand to answer questions on the backyard habitat and on the rain garden located nearby. Easy-to-use information and diagrams on how to design and build a rain garden will be available.

Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day is the worldwide environmental movement that educates and mobilizes people to take responsibility for a clean and healthy environment. Earth Day is celebrated by more than a half billion people simultaneously around the globe.

For more information on DNREC and programs underway to protect the environment, visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov. The “Trees for the Bay” program is funded by the Delaware Forest Service Urban and Community Forestry Program, in cooperation with DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship.

Contact: Melanie Rapp, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902

Vol. 43, No. 152