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Free Rain Barrel Workshop at Ocean County Park

The Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority (Brick Utilities), in association with Ocean County Parks and Recreation, B.E.A.R (Boating Education and Rescue) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, is pleased to announce a free Build a Rain Barrel Workshop for the Lakewood community at the Ocean County Park Pavilion, 659 Ocean Avenue (Route 88), Lakewood, on Sunday August 6th, between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM.

Participants will build their own rain barrel and learn how to install it at home. The workshop is free and all tools and materials will be provided. This project is made possible in part through grant funding from the Barnegat Bay Partnership.

A rain barrel is placed under a gutter’s downspout next to a home to collect rain water from the roof. The barrel holds about 50 gallons of water which can be used to water gardens. Rain water collection can help conserve water, prevent basement flooding, and reduce flooding and pollution in local streams, rivers and lakes.

Class size for this event is limited, so early registration is recommended to insure a space. Please contact Shari Kondrup via email at skondrup@brickmua.com or telephone at 732-701-4282 to register or obtain more information. Barrels are 34 inches tall and 25 inches wide and can be placed lying down in the backseat of most vehicles to be transported home.

This project continues Brick Utilities’ efforts to implement the Metedeconk River Watershed Protection and Restoration Plan. Completed in 2013, the plan aims to preserve the Metedeconk River as an important water supply for the region, protect and improve the health of the Barnegat Bay estuary, and address water quality impairments. The plan identifies stormwater runoff as the main threat to the Metedeconk River. Stormwater picks up pollutants from roads, parking lots, lawns and other areas as it runs off and carries these pollutants to local waterways.

The Metedeconk River is a critical water resource for the region. It serves as the primary water supply source for Brick Utilities, which provides drinking water to more than 100,000 area residents in Brick Township, Howell Township, Lakewood Township, Point Pleasant Borough, and Point Pleasant Beach Borough. It is also a major source of freshwater inflow to the Barnegat Bay, one of 28 Congressionally-designated estuaries of national significance that are part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Estuary Program.

The Metedeconk River Watershed encompasses roughly ninety (90) square miles in both Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Starting at its headwaters in Freehold, Jackson and Millstone, the river flows eastward through Howell, Lakewood, Wall and Brick Townships before reaching Point Pleasant Borough and the Barnegat Bay.

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There are 3 Comments to "Free Rain Barrel Workshop at Ocean County Park"

  • Interesting says:

    I dont live in lkwd but idea is cool. But what about the standing water we always hear about in connection with mosquito breeding…i dont understand the system so maybe its a covered thing…just curious. I would love to know more

    • esperanza says:

      rain barrels are covered with mesh or screen so the mosquitoes can’t get in. rain barrels are a great way to save on your water bill while helping the environment!

  • Interesting says:

    Tx sounds cool i learn something new every day!

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