Trailside Hosts Rain Barrel Workshop

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UNION COUNTY – Rain barrels are a tried and true way to save money on water bills while keeping a healthy yard and garden all summer long.  Now Union County residents can save money on the rain barrel, too.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Union County is offering a new “Build a Rain Barrel” workshop that includes putting together a full sized, easy-to-assemble rain barrel to take home.  Rain barrels typically retail for about $100.  The cost of the class, complete with the rain barrel, is only $45.


The Build a Rain Barrel workshop will be conducted on Wednesday, May 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Union County Trailside Nature and Science Center at the Watchung Reservation.  Pre-registration and advance payment is required by May 21, by calling the extension offices at 1-908-654-9854.  Class size is limited.

Without a rain barrel, runoff from roofs goes directly into gutters and storm drains, washing pollutants into local waterways.  With a rain barrel, county residents can use that runoff in their yards, where it will percolate through the soil without affecting water quality in nearby streams and rivers.

For more information on rain barrels visit the Rutgers Cooperative Extension online,

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