​SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Rain barrels capture water from a roof for later use on lawns or gardens. On Sunday, April 22 at 1:30 p.m., Chelsea Moxley, a NJDEP AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador, will help you construct your own rain barrel, just like the ones outside the Scotch Plains Public Library. While you work, learn about the environmental benefits of rain barrels and how you can use them in your own yard.

This workshop will be led and assisted by representatives from the AmeriCorps New Jersey Watershed Ambassadors Program. All participants will need to bring their own safety glasses and this specified diverter kit: EarthMinded DIY Rain Barrel Diverter and Parts Kit -RBK-0001. Options for purchasing can be found online at Amazon and Home Depot. The library will supply the 55-gallon industrial-grade containers.  (If you have an electric or battery-operated drill, please bring that as well.)

Participants must have a downspout at home in order to install these barrels, and should be prepared to follow the written instructions that come with the kit in order to complete the installation at home on their own. This includes drilling a hole in your downspout.

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This workshop is limited to the first 10 individuals or families; you will be provided one barrel per family.

For more information or to register, go to http://www.scotlib.org/event/r...​, email library@scotlib.org, call (908) 322-5007 x 204 or stop by the Reference Desk. The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town.

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