Rain Barrel Silent Auction Funds Environmental Studies
The Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership raised $975 at the rain barrel silent auction that was held at this year’s Pike/Wayne Earth Day event! Students from Canaan Christian Academy, Delaware Valley, Honesdale, and Wallenpaupack High schools designed and painted rain barrels that were up for auction as part of the Every Drop Counts! project. The money raised will go back to the participating schools to be used for environmental education.
The Pike County Conservation District, along with the Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership, was awarded a PA Department of Environmental Protection Environmental Education Grant to help educate high school students on water conservation, the impacts of storm water on a watershed and to promote the use of rain barrels. Rain barrels were purchased and distributed to the schools to design and paint. Pike and Wayne County Conservation District staff provided information to the students on the benefits of using rain barrels along with information on non-point source pollution, storm water management and ways they can prevent pollution events around their home and community. Additional funds were provided by the PPL Corporation to assist with the project.
Businesses from all over Pike and Wayne counties participated in this project by displaying the rain barrels and promoting the silent auction event since February. The Partnership would like to thank the following businesses for their participation in the project: Greentown Agway, Hawley Public Library, The Dime Bank – Lake Region Office, Grand Union in Milford, Country Trails General Store and Hardware, Lake Region IGA, Lake Ariel Agway, PPL Environmental Learning Center, Sherwin Williams in Matamoras, Walmart – Matamoras, the Honesdale National Bank, and the Cooperage Project in Honesdale.
The Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership is also hosting a number of educational programs throughout the spring including topics such as water conservation, non-point source pollution, best management practices to assist with storm water management, water quality and testing, native plants of our region, green cleaning and home energy efficiency tips. Each program will provide simple ways to be a responsible steward of our clean water. You can find out more about these programs at the Every Drop Counts! website at www.pikeconservation.org/EveryDropCounts.htm.
Rain barrels are used to collect rain water from downspouts on homes and businesses. Rain barrels can assist in reducing storm water runoff around your home or business, conserve water for later use in gardens and washing, and can lower water bills by reducing metered water usage. You can also conserve water by keeping a container of water for drinking in the refrigerator instead of letting the faucet run, install low flow plumbing fixtures and repair leaks, purchase water saving appliances, or by installing a rain garden.
The Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership is an alliance of 20 government, non-government, non-profit and grass roots organizations that meet regularly with shared goals for natural resource conservation, sustainable communities and citizen involvement in community planning. Since 2004, the Partnership has pooled resources to present educational programs focused on growth management for local citizens and municipal officials that reach a broad range of participants from across Pike, Wayne and Monroe Counties and into neighboring New York State. For more information about the Every Drop Counts! project or the Pike/Wayne Conservation Partnership please contact Michele Ulmer at the Pike County Conservation District at 570-226-8220.