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The Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge

The Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge is a competition that engages schools and youth groups located in the Barnegat Bay watershed to learn about the bay and how people can help protect its water quality and natural resources. The students investigate the theme for each year's Challenge then work together to design rain barrels that address the theme.

This year's theme for the Rain Barrel Challenge is "Because I Love Barnegat Bay." This theme was chosen so that participants can depict the daily activities they do because of their love for Barnegat Bay. Ideas may include; clean-ups, landscaping, water conservation, rain barrels, etc.

Round 1 of the Rain Barrel Challenge online voting has ended.

Voting will be conducted in two parts:
  • Each participating rain barrel will be put into one of four categories based on the size of the student population of the school / organization. The online voting will determine the four category semi-finalists;
  • The four semi-finalists will be presented to the 2017 Rain Barrel Tour hosts, who will judge the four rain barrels based on criteria such as: use of theme, originality, artistic creativity.
  • The school / organization that wins will receive a Barnegat Bay Festival Day. The winner will be contacted on or around May 1, 2017 to schedule the festival date.

All rain barrels entered in the Challenge will be on display during the Spring 2017 Blitz Opening and/or Closing Event. Following the spring Blitz, barrels will be showcased at public venues throughout the watershed on the Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge Summer Tour! THE BARRELS WILL BE SEEN BY THOUSANDS! All barrels will be returned in October 2017.

Cast your vote HERE.

Winning barrel Congratulations to the 2016 Winner of the
Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge!


Lakewood Middle School
Lakewood Public School District
Lakewood, New Jersey

Click HERE for details!


Resources for Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge:
  • In 2015/2016 21 barrels competed in the Challenge. To view the barrels click HERE!. Rain Barrel Mini Demo Model
  • To learn more about water conservation click HERE.
  • To learn more about rain barrels click HERE.
  • To build your own miniature Rain Barrel Demo model see instructions HERE.

  • United Water LogoSuez is pleased to partner with NJDEP to implement the Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge in order to help optimize water usage and preserve our most precious natural resource for future generations.

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