What’s one of the simplest, high-impact ways to save water and help protect our watershed? Using a rain barrel.

Lawn and garden watering typically makes up 40% of total summer household water usage, according to the EPA. Plus, the biggest threat to our waters today is polluted runoff — water that runs off our roofs and into our streets and alleys, carrying all the oil, sediment and other contaminants that it picks up along the way into our lakes, rivers and streams. For conservation and for pollution prevention, installing a rain barrel to collect and store rainwater for use on your lawn and gardens is a simple but powerful way to make a difference for the Vermillion River.

Thanks to Great Lakes Coca-Cola of Eagan, FMR has used syrup containers for participants to turn into rain barrels. During the course of this workshop, participants will be provided with the necessary parts ($35 per kit) and guided through the process of converting these containers into allies for a cleaner Vermillion River.

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, August 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Dakota County Fairgrounds in Farmington.

The workshop will begin with a presentation on how home lawn and garden practices impact our waters and how we can make a difference. Next, we’ll discuss the watershed-friendly benefits of rain barrels in more detail, then review how to build, incorporate, install and maintain them. With guidance from FMR staff, participants will then have the opportunity to begin assembling their rain barrel to take home following the workshop.

All are welcome, however, capacity is limited and registration required. This event is part of the Vermillion Stewards program, funded by the Vermillion River Watershed Joint Powers Organization helping Vermillion River Watershed residents learn about their watershed while protecting and enhancing its unique natural resources.

Ready to register?

Sign-up for the event on the Friends of the Mississippi River event page.

Can’t make it?

To receive notices of future Vermillion Stewards events facilitated by FMR, visit the Events Calendar for the most up-to-date listing of upcoming events.