Rain barrel painting contest coincides with Earth Week

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – To kick off Earth Week festivities, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, the Department of Environment and Planning, Coca-Cola of Buffalo, and the New York Storm Water Coalition hosted the 2nd annual Rain Barrel Painting Contest.

The contest is put on to bring awareness to the importance of conserving rainwater that would runoff onto properties and into the sewer systems. Once collected, the rain water can be re-used as irrigation for lawns and gardens.

Twenty-five entries were submitted from schools, clubs, and libraries out of Erie and Niagara counties with the theme: “Rainwater is a resource, not just runoff.”

“As we begin Earth Week activities, we need to note that it’s just not a community effort but individuals that come together to create a better environment for our total community. This effort has been gaining steam year in and year out. Each year, Earth Week activities get larger and I certainly think it is because of the interest in the community,” Poloncarz said.

The rain barrels were judged on creativity, execution, and contest theme by the Department of Environment and Planning staff along with guest judges, including Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls.

First prize of $750 went to Springville High School. Cleveland Hill High School took the second place prize of $500.

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