June 24, 2014

Public Invited to Learn About “Catching the Rain” at ACUA Rain Barrel Demo and Display of Rain Barrels Painted by NJ Artists

Egg Harbor Township, NJ – Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) will host a free afternoon event for the public to view beautiful hand painted rain barrels and learn how to make their own rain barrel to conserve and protect water resources. Information on other ways to manage stormwater will also be available. All guests will be eligible to win a free rain barrel at the event.  

Who: The Atlantic County Utilities Authority is holding this event in partnership with the NJ Sea Grant Consortium, Rutgers Water Resources Program and the NJDEP Watershed Ambassadors Program. Local artist Lisa Fischer Lucariello from Galloway Township will be on hand to talk about the Rain Barrel she painted. This family friendly event is open to the public and there is no cost to attend.  

What: ACUA was invited to host the traveling collection of 12 beautiful rain barrels, hand painted by New Jersey artists depicting iconic scenes of the Jersey Shore. This Rain Barrel Art Project was developed in conjunction with the Sea Grant’s annual “Top Ten Beaches” survey, in an effort to create public awareness around the use of rain barrels and the ways in which they help conserve water. The Rutgers Water Resources Program has provided information and a model to show how rain barrels work to collect water from rooftops during rain events. At 5 p.m., NJDEP Watershed Ambassador Morgyn Ellis will demonstrate how people can easily build their own rain barrel. All guests will have the chance to win the rain barrel constructed during the demonstration.

When: Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m. How to build a Rain Barrel demonstration, 5 p.m.

Where: The event will be held at the Community Garden located at ACUA’s Environmental Park, 6700 Delilah Road in Egg Harbor Township. The garden is located behind the Geo Administrative Building (Building 1).

Why: To inform and educate the public on some of the many stormwater management techniques that can save water, and help to prevent pollutants from entering waterways.

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