We Have Rain Barrels!
Buy your rain barrel here and pick it up
at the Native Plant Sale!
You can pick up your purchased rain barrel on Saturday, May 2nd from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the James Farm Ecological Preserve!
Barrels are available for $40 and are ready for you to install at your home!
To reserve your barrel by mail, send a $40 check to:
Center for the Inland Bays
39375 Inlet Road
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971
We must receive your check or confirmation of your online purchase by April 30th!
Your barrel will be ready for you to pick up at the ‘Gardening for the Bays’ Native Plant Sale on Saturday, May 2th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the James Farm Ecological Preserve in Ocean View. You must pick up your barrel at the Native Plant Sale…they will not be available after that date and no refunds can be made.
Why Rain Barrels?
As water becomes scarcer and more expensive, and people are thinking more about how to live and garden in a more bay-friendly way, rain barrels are an old tradition that’s being revived.
Here in the Inland Bays watershed, keeping the rain water where it falls is an important strategy for reducing stormwater pollution. “We are hoping that people will capture their rainwater in rain barrels and use the water for their gardens, or better still…plant a rain garden near your rain barrel to capture water before it runs down the driveway and into the street.
The Inland Bays, including our fishing waters and bathing beaches, are fouled when rainwater and snow melt wash over city streets, parking lots, and suburban lawns and pick up pollutants like gas and oil, salt, fertilizer, pesticides, pet waste, disease-causing organisms, sediment and trash. That’s how rain water, which is good, becomes stormwater, which is bad, and one of the biggest threats to good water quality in our bays.
According to the Center for Watershed Protection, a single house with a 1,000 square-foot roof yields 600 gallons of water from a 1-inch rainstorm, so there’s a lot of water that can be used for our gardens!