What’s one of the simplest, high-impact ways to save water and help protect the Aquidneck Island watershed? Using a rain barrel to collect storm water on your property!  

Thanks to Coca-Cola, the Eastern RI Conservation District (ERICD) has 35 used syrup containers for participants to turn into rain barrels. ERICD is sponsoring a rain barrel workshop at 10:00 am on Saturday July 13 at the Middletown Public Works facility at 19 Berkeley Avenue.

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 Aquidneck Island and Narragansett Bay.

During the course of this workshop, participants will be provided with the necessary parts ($35 per kit) and guided through the process of converting these containers into allies for a cleaner Narragansett Bay. It will begin with a presentation on how home lawn and garden practices impact our waters and how we can make a difference and will include hands-on prepping and painting of the rain barrels.

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.

Pre-registration is required and you can register for the workshop and purchase your rain barrel here.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).