June 14, 2014

Rain barrels that have been decorated by local artists are on display in Maple Street Park in Essex Junction, VT as part of the Connecting the Drops program. 

The exhibit couples the work of local artists with the important message about stormwater and its effect on our waterways. 

The Maple Street Park installation will look familiar to anyone who saw the rain barrels displayed on Church and College Streets in Burlington last summer. The barrels will feature panels of the Kids VT water story illustrated by local artist Matt Morris. Visitors to the park can read the story and learn about how stormwater damages natural waterways and what each of us can do to intercept the runoff through the use of “green infrastructure.” Green infrastructure improvements such as rain gardens, rain barrels, green roofs and pervious pavement help to capture, store, treat and infiltrate stormwater where it originates, lessening pressure on municipal systems and eliminating a major source of pollutants to our streams and, ultimately, Lake Champlain.

The barrels will be given away at July 19 at the Essex Junction Block Party, sign up for your chance to win

The Let it Rain stormwater program has information about green stormwater practices and opportunities for site assessments and guidance to anyone interested in working to capture stormwater on their property to reduce  its flow into the storm drains. For more information, please visit www.letitrainvt.org

The Connecting the Drops program is a partnership among the Chittenden County Regional Stormwater Education Program (RSEP), the Chittenden County Stream Team (CCST), the Let it Rain Stormwater Program, the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District, the towns of Essex and Essex Junction and the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program.