Rain barrels painted by 25 artists will be displayed at local businesses and libraries for one month beginning Monday, March 8. This is the second year artists have been chosen to participate in the City's Artistic Rain Barrel program, an effort to promote the importance of water conservation and water quality. A list of artists and display locations is available at the Watershed Management web site.
The barrels, usually 55-gallon capacity, are modified to collect runoff from down spouts, and the water can be used for lawn and gardens.
After April 8, the painted rain barrels will be moved to the Pioneers Park Nature Center, 3201 Coddington. They will be auctioned to the public at "Nature's Market," which begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 17. Proceeds from the auction will provide low-income children with scholarships to Nature Camp and pre-school at the Pioneers Park Nature Center.
The Artistic Rain Barrel program is a joint venture of the Friends of Pioneers Park Nature Center and the Watershed Management Division of the City Public Works and Utilities Department. More information and photos of the painted rain barrels are available at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: rainbarrel).