In March of 2014, SU-EFC began work on a two-year program focused on rain barrel workshops and distribution to households in the Town of DeWitt. Together with the Onondaga Environmental Institute (OEI), SU-EFC plans to distribute up to 1,200 rain barrels to residents in the Franklin Park and Park Hill neighborhoods by conducting as many at 12 rain barrel workshops over the course of the program. To date, SU-EFC and OEI have conducted three workshops, and 112 barrels have been distributed to DeWitt homeowners.

There are two workshops scheduled for July 23rd at Carrier Park in the Town of Dewitt. In addition to the workshop, residents who attend a workshop will not only be able to receive a free rain barrel or two, but will have the opportunity to paint their rain barrel on their own or with assistance from a member of Central New York Decorative Artists chapter of the Society of Decorative Painters.

The award for this program stems largely from SU-EFC’s and OEI’s experience delivering green infrastructure programming for the Onondaga County Save the Rain green infrastructure (GI) program. The Dewitt Rain Barrel program independently supports the County’s goal to expand GI throughout the County.

For more information, contact Amy Samuels of Onondaga Environmental Institute;asamuels@oei2.org or 443-1757