Paint a rain barrel for cleaner water.   The state Division of Watershed Stewardship has extended the deadline for applications to enter from school children and student groups. Submit an application by Friday, March 20, with a description and preliminary sketch. The application is a PDF file at this link:  (or go to and click on “Children’s Division – application.”

DNREC will choose the participants based on their design ideas and site placement --  at a school, with a nonprofit, church,  at a municipal building or other suitable location. Contestants will have five weeks to finish their painting and submit final photographs and information.

As part of the competition, each individual or group will need a public home for their finished barrel.

Young artists must be willing to give their time and materials including paint and brushes or other tools and provide a short biography. In exchange, the Rain Barrel Program will supply a fully-assembled 55-gallon plastic rain barrel with two coats of primer, plus a top coat and a temporary display.

Photos of finished barrels will be posted online for public voting at The top five chosen by online vote will be displayed at this year’s Delaware State Fair in Harrington.

Fair visitors will vote on best painted rain barrel. Five grand prize winners will participate in the annual DNREC awards program on Governors Day at the state fair, July 30.

This year’s barrels have been donated by Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Coca-Cola. Completed applications should be sent by close of business March 20 to:

DNREC Nonpoint Source Program

c/o Sharon Webb
5 E. Reed Street, Suite 305
Dover, DE 19901

For more information, please contact or 302-739-9922.