Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, Gompers Fine Art Option students paint rain barrels to celebrate Earth month

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To celebrate Earth month, Commissioners from the MWRD will team up with John G. Shedd Aquarium staff and students from Chicago’s Gompers Fine Arts Option Elementary School to decorate rain barrels today ( April 17) at the Shedd Aquarium.

The MWRD has recently launched a green infrastructure initiative using rain gardens, native landscaping, stormwater trees, bio-swales, green roofs, greenways, wetlands and porous pavement to achieve its mission to manage stormwater and reduce pollution.

The public can join this important mission by taking advantage of the MWRD rain barrel program, which provides 55 gallon capacity rain barrels for $58 each, including home delivery and a starter installation kit. Rain barrels are durable plastic containers that collect and store rainwater from your rooftop (via your home’s disconnected downspout) for later use.

“We are hoping to show that individuals of all ages can capture and reuse water,” said David St. Pierre, MWRD executive Director. “You’re never too old or too young to wash a bicycle or a car with water collected during a rainstorm. By painting rain barrels, we hope to show its benefits.”

“Shedd Aquarium is especially thrilled to partner with the MWRD during Earth Week, as this event not only provides an opportunity for conservation learning and growth among the participating students, but supports Shedd’s overall conservation mission and educational initiatives,” said Allen LaPointe, vice president of environmental quality.

Additional information about rain barrels can be found at www.mwrd.org.

Established in 1889, the MWRD is an award-winning, special purpose government agency responsible for wastewater treatment and stormwater management in Cook County, Illinois.

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