Written by Tiffany Schettle
Have you ever wondered how a rain barrel works or why they are important to water conservation?
A local event, the 5th Annual Project Rainway, aims to raise community members’ awareness about rain barrels as well as funds for two local nonprofits (Waukesha County Green Team and Delafield Public Library). The main attraction of this event is a collection of 40 painted rain barrels that the public may bid on during a two-week silent auction (from May 7 - May 21). The final bid date is Saturday, May 21st at 3:00 pm, so be sure to make note of it if you're interested in purchasing a barrel!
All barrels are available for viewing at the Delafield Public Library grounds (500 Genesee St, Delafield), as well as online (http://www.waukeshacountygreenteam.org/project-rainway-2016).
In addition to the barrels, there will be two free informational presentations affiliated with Project Rainway at the Delafield Public Library, so our community can learn about rain barrels and water conservation before the final bid date:
Rain Barrel & Rain Garden Workshop
with Jayne Jenks, Conservation Specialist
Tuesday, May 10
Climate Justice Art
with Nicolas Lampert, UWM School of Arts
Tuesday, May 17
If you stop by, please be sure to check out the rain barrel painted by the Plowshare Environmental Book Study! When we heard about this event, we were eager to get involved. As we painted, we took pictures so we could bring you along with us on the journey from start to finish. We decided to name our final product, "Rainbow Drops," both because of the painting effect we chose to use and to represent the diversity inherent in Plowshare's global mission.
It was a lot of fun and very rewarding to support such a beautiful cause and we hope that our barrel brings in much needed funds to support these two worthy nonprofits!
For more information about Project Rainway, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org