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Rain barrel workshop planned

September 11, 2006

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Area residents interested in conserving water and reducing stormwater runoff at their homes are invited to take part in a workshop to make their own rain barrel, a West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection official announced recently.

The workshop will be from 4 to 6 p.m., Sept. 27 at the B&O Roundhouse complex in Martinsburg, according to Alana Hartman.

Workshop participants must preregister by Sept. 15 and may do so contacting Hartman at 304-822-7266 or e-mail: ahartman@wvdep.org

A $35 fee for the workshop includes the cost of a 50-gallon barrel, attachments and instruction.

Participants should wear clothing that can get soiled and have a vehicle that can haul their barrel home, Hartman said.

The barrel will allow residents to collect rain water for their gardens and landscaping, and also reduce stormwater runoff from the roofs of their homes, Hartman said.

The workshop is sponsored by the DEP, Opequon Creek Project Team and Cacapon Institute based in Hampshire County.

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