Rain Barrel Challenge

Rain Barrel Challenge
Posted on 02/07/2020
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This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. To celebrate, Ms. Librizzi’s class will be participating in Barnegat Bay Partnership’s rain barrel contest.

This annual art competition with an environmental theme is open to schools and youth organizations within the Barnegat Bay watershed. Each school or organization receives a rain barrel and must decorate it according to the year’s theme. This year, the theme is “Earth Day- Celebrating 50 Years of Protecting Our Planet!”

Karen, from Barnegat Bay Partnership, and Maggie, a watershed ambassador stopped by Collier High School to drop off our rain barrel, talk about the importance of collecting water, keeping our waterways clean, and how we all can lessen our water footprint by collecting and using rain water.

Did you know that the average sized roof of 800 ft2 can collect 500 gallons of water from just 1” of rain? New Jersey, receives approximately 45” of rain a year...that’s over 22,000 gallons of water that can be collected and reused every year, just from 1 house!

Collier’s 55-gallon rain barrel can collect 1,400 gallons of water each year. Ms. Librizzi and her students plan on using their collected rain to water the vegetable and herb garden as well as to provide water for the chickens.

Stay tuned to see the great design work Ms. Librizzi and her students come up with! If our design wins, our rain barrel will be on display at the SUEZ water company in Toms River.