New Jersey Top Ten Beaches Rain Barrel Art Project

Through the partnership agreement between the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium and the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Water Resources Program, ten rain barrels have been donated for the 2014 Top Ten Rain Barrel Art Project, which will feature iconic coastal, beach, bay, ocean and boardwalk scenes and images celebrating the Jersey Shore. Dozens of New Jersey artists will be vying for the chance to paint the containers and turn them into functional works of art.

The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium 2014 Top Ten Beaches Rain Barrel Art Project will be showcased at the NJSGC 12th Annual State of the Shore Media Event on May 22. The beautified rain barrels will then roll out on tour around the state throughout the summer and be displayed at selected New Jersey beach communities and special events. They will be offered by auction or raffle to the public after Labor Day.

This unique program promotes environmental awareness and stewardship of all our coastal and water resources.

Rain Barrel Background

A rain barrel is a 55-gallon recycled food-grade container that is placed at the downspout of a roof to collect rainwater. They help the environment by reducing the amount of rain that flows into storm drain systems, which helps prevent flooding and cuts down on pollution entering New Jersey’s waters. Collected rainwater can be used to water gardens and for other household tasks.