State Offers Free Rain Barrels to Schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia is offering free rain barrels to schools in the state.

The Department of Environmental Protection said schools with current or planned flower or vegetable gardens will be given priority. Applications on the agency’s Rain Barrel Program website must be submitted by Nov. 1.

The project’s goal is to teach students about stormwater pollution and how collecting rainwater helps reduce pesticides, bacteria and litter in waterways.

The program offers hands-on installation of the rain barrel, including the rain barrel and parts kit, with student participation and will be paired with a one-hour water education session.

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