Friday, October 09, 2009

Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper to give away rain barrels

This looks like an excellent opportunity for the WNY crowd: 

Submitted by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER is able to give away, thanks to a grant from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, 161 rain barrels to high-visibility sites in the Buffalo and Niagara regions. These sites include, but are not limited to, community gardens, low income residential communities, public buildings, government offices and schools.

Local municipal combined sewer systems are overwhelmed during storm events and the overflow dumps raw sewage into our sources of drinking water--the Niagara River and all its tributaries and Lake Erie--four billion gallons a year from Buffalo alone! Using a rain barrel is one way that individuals can help to clean up area waterways.

Once a rain barrel donation request form is submitted (they can be found on the website, and reviewed for eligibility, the barrels are available for immediate delivery to the site with instructions about installation, maintenance, and frequently-asked questions.

Rain barrel workshops, informing the community about the uses and benefits, will be held:

Wednesday, October 14th, 6:00-7:30p.m., at RIVERKEEPER offices, 1250 Niagara Street, Buffalo
Friday, October 23rd, 10-11 a.m., 75 Michigan Street, Lockport, 14094
Tuesday,November 3rd, 1-2 p.m., 5777 Lewiston Rd., Lewiston, 14092

To learn more about rain barrels, Buffalo Niagara RIVERKEEPER, and the workshops, visit the website.

Submitted by Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper

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