FLORENCE – Build a rain barrel and learn about “rain harvesting” at a workshop hosted by Carolina Clear, Clemson University’s stormwater pollution-education program.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 28 at the Barnes Street Activity Center, 513 Barnes St. in Florence.

The class costs $50 per person and includes lunch and all rain-barrel materials. The class is limited to 25 participants. Rain barrels typically cost about $100.

Registration is first-come, first-served. Make checks payable to Clemson University and mail or deliver to the Florence County Extension office, 2685 S. Irby St., Suite K, Sumter, S.C. 29505. Mark it to the attention of Pamela Barnhill. Contact 843-661-4800, ext. 114, or e-mail pbrnhll@clemson.edu for more information.

The workshop is hosted jointly with the city of Florence and is sponsored by the Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium and Carolina Clear.

The morning session from 10 to 11:30 a.m. includes presentations on stormwater and rain harvesting. Lunch is from 11:30 until noon and the rain-barrel construction is from noon until 2 p.m.

Rain barrels utilize an age-old concept of reusing rainwater to irrigate gardens and lawns, water plants and wash cars, among many other uses.

A 1,000-square-foot roof catches more than 600 gallons of water from just an inch of rainfall. Rain barrels also are good for the environment because they reduce stormwater flow, which causes erosion and can carry pollutants from yards and streets into streams.


Carolina Clear
Carolina Clear is a stormwater education and awareness program of the Clemson University Restoration Institute and the Center for Watershed Excellence. The program’s goal is to minimize polluted stormwater runoff by educating the general public, youth, builders, developers, homeowners and government officials about how they can keep water in the state’s streams, rivers and basins as clean as possible. Visit the Carolina Clear Web site at http://carolinaclear.clemson.edu/.

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