The rainwater that falls on your roof could play an important role in protecting our nation’s rivers and streams. In celebration of Earth Month (April), River Network, a nonprofit organization that supports the protection and restoration of rivers and watersheds throughout the U.S., has again teamed up with
Now in its ninth year, the National Rain Barrel Program provides an easy way for people to reduce water consumption and pollution from storm water runoff. In addition to a grant from The
Why Rain Barrels?
"Rain barrels are a tangible and effective way to inspire change to preserve our water resources," explains John Radtke, water resources director for
Rain barrels can make a substantial impact on water conservation. According to the EPA, a 55-gallon rain barrel can save an average of 1,300 gallons of water per year. American Rivers, a national organization that aims to protect and restore U.S. rivers and streams, estimates that 40 percent of water used by the average household is for outdoor use. A rain barrel can save most homeowners 1,300 gallons of water each year. What’s more, 1 inch of rainfall on a 1,000-square-foot roof yields more than 600 gallons of water.
Where Can You Get A Rain Barrel?
During Earth Month and into early summer, River Network and
To find a rain barrel workshop near you, please visit the River Network’s campaign website: https://www.rivernetwork.org/get-involved/reduce-your-water-footprint/
“The Reduce Your Water Footprint campaign helps people understand where their water comes from and what they can do to help protect their water sources for the future,” explains River Network Director of Community Engagement Alice Srinivasan. “The environmental hazards caused by failing water infrastructure, pollution and climate change disproportionately affect low-income communities. These same communities rarely have access to the policy decisions or tools that could improve their environments, their health, and their quality of life. River Network is challenging river and watershed conservation groups to engage more low-income communities through this and other programs.”
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Major Rick Galeano is an active duty member of the U.S. Army assigned as a Fellow with the Training With Industry (TWI) Program with duty at The