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Published on February 17th, 2014 | by GrowWNY Intern

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Rain Barrel Painting Contest is Open

BY ERIE COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT & PLANNING

The Erie County Department of Environment & Planning (DEP) and The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo, Inc. are sponsoring their second annual rain barrel painting contest to promote environmental education and conservation.

The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo, Inc. will donate the barrels, and cash prizes ranging from $250-$750 for the top four designs. “For the second consecutive year, we are excited to see the creativity of our community”, said Pat Greco, Director of Operations, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo, Inc. “Last year, we saw incredible artwork on display. This year, we are privileged to provide another opportunity to get more people interested in water conservation and sustainability, a core commitment at Coca-Cola”

The contest is open to schools, clubs and organizations that will decorate the rain barrels using the theme, Rainwater is a Resource, Not Just Runoff. “This is an excellent way for students to learn about reducing pollution caused by stormwater runoff and the reuse of materials for conservation of our natural resources,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.  Erie County DEP is also partnering with the Western New York Stormwater Coalition and the Erie County Water Quality Committee to raise awareness of water pollution prevention through this fun and educational competition.   The completed rain barrels will be used to capture rain water at schools and other community locations and also educate the public about reducing stormwater pollution in our local streams, rivers and lakes.

“I encourage all Erie and Niagara County youth groups, classrooms and clubs to enter the contest.  This experience will be a great way for kids and communities to put their creative ideas to use with a positive environmental impact on our area’s water quality”, said Poloncarz.  A press event will be held to honor the winners of the contest during Earth Day celebrations in April, 2014.

For more information: Visit Erie County Department of Environment & Planning: http://www2.erie.gov/environment/index.php?q=rain-barrel-contest


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