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Rain Barrel Contest

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2014 Earth Day Rain Barrel Painting Contest Now Open!

The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning is proud to announce a rain barrel painting contest for schools, clubs, and youth organizations in Erie and Niagara counties in honor of Earth Day 2014!

Students are encouraged to enter a team, either through a class or an after-school club. The team will design and paint a rain barrel provided by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo, Inc. for the theme, Rainwater is a Resource, Not Just Runoff.  Winners will be featured at our annual Earth Day celebration in April, 2014. All participating groups will receive their final painted rain barrels to use, donate or raffle as desired.

We encourage teachers to incorporate environmental lessons in the classroom wherever possible on conserving resources, stormwater pollution prevention, and reusing materials for a sustainable planet.

The Erie County Water Quality Committee and the Western New York Stormwater Coalition are committed to protecting and improving water quality in the region.

Download the Contest Registration Form and Photo Release Form and email to by February 24, 2014!

Thank you to everyone who participated! The 2014 winners will be announced at a Press Event on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 10:00 am in the Rath Building Lobby.

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News From Last Year’s Contest:

The 2013 Earth Day Rain Barrel Painting Contest was open to students Erie and Niagara counties. Each team designed and painted a rain barrel that was retrofitted from a syrup concentrate barrel provided by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo, Inc.   They encouraged teams to learn about how they can protect water quality.

You can now see a map of where the rain barrels are located! 

Rain barrel designs were judged on how well they fit the theme, "Rainwater is a Resource, Not Just Runoff."  They were also judged on creativity, neatness and execution.  Click to view the photographs submitted by last year’s entrants.

The 2013 winners were announced at the Erie County Earth Day Event on April 24, 2013.  Check out the press:

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Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Buffalo, Inc. awarded the 2013 winning teams with cash prizes for their efforts!

First Place: $500 to Lewiston-Porter High School Studio Art Students - Mr. Joshua Milovich

Second Place: $250 to City Honors School Art Club - Ms. Seana Root

Third Place: $250 to Lancaster High School Krazee Kraft Club - Ms. Amy Balling

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