Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the 2020 Roll Out the Barrels event - originally scheduled for May 21 - has been cancelled. We will post any updates on a 2021 event here, in our monthly E-newsletter, and on our social media pages. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you will join us in the future to support this community event.
What is Roll Out the Barrels?
Roll Out the Barrels is an annual event (typically held in May) that raises awareness of stormwater runoff, water pollution, and water conservation, all while promoting local artists and supporting environmental education. Local artists turn rain barrels into beautiful pieces of functional art to be auctioned off in support of the Athens Green School Program, an initiative to ensure environmental education is taught in the classroom.
Why Rain Barrels?
Water pollution is a serious problem in Athens-Clarke County and green infrastructure, such as rain barrels and other rain harvesters, are an important component in addressing that problem. Rain barrels are easy to install and can be used to protect water by both reducing stormwater runoff and reducing the need to pull from city water supplies for lawn-care and car washing.