Residents can make rain barrels at Fairhope workshop

By: Melissa Schneider / Published: Jul 12,  2012

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium, in partnership with the Coastal Alabama Clean Water Partnership and the City of Fairhope, will hold a rain barrel workshop from 10 a.m.-noon on Friday, July 20, at Trinity Presbyterian Church, 545 South Mobile Ave., in Fairhope, Ala.

Workshop participants will learn about important water quality and conservation issues and practical measures they can take to reduce their impact on coastal Alabama’s water resources. During the workshop, they will construct a rain barrel that will allow them to harvest rainwater for gardens, landscaping or other uses. They also will learn how to install the rain barrels at their homes.

To attend the workshop, interested individuals must pre-register with the Auburn University Marine Extension and Research Center office by Wednesday, July 18. The registration fee for the workshop is $40 and includes all materials required to construct a rain barrel.

For more information or to register, contact Christian Miller, extension specialist with Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant and the Auburn Marine Center, at 251-438-5690 or

The Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium supports applied, interdisciplinary marine science research, education and outreach to enhance the sustainable use and conservation of ocean and coastal resources. Its members include Auburn University, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, The University of Alabama, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, The University of Mississippi, The University of Southern Mississippi and University of South Alabama.


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