Unlike our counterparts on the west coast who are starved for rain, we tend to get quite a bit along the Jersey Shore. Unfortunately, this leads to run-off, which can lead to problems in our coastal waterways. That’s why we started doing rain barrel workshops.

It is all part of our Ocean Friendly Gardens Program which is aimed at transforming your landscape to conserve water, prevent polluted runoff, and let water permeate through the soil before reaching out waterways.  This latest workshop took place last month at the Rutgers Cooperative extension building in Toms River with the help of Steve Yergeau of the Rutgers extension program.

Rain barrel workshop in Toms River

rain barrel assemblyHe lead a group of 22 Ocean County residents interested in conserving water. He explained why rain barrels are a great resource for reducing run-off and saving water that can then be used to water plants, clean your car, and more. Each rain barrel saves about 1,400 gallons of water per year, which means we could help prevent 30,800 gallons of run-off from ending up in the ocean and bays.

If you’re interested in learning more about rain barrels or water conservation, contact us today.