2016 Rain Barrel Art Review

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Call For Artists:

The Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium is proud to present the 2016 Rain Barrel Art Review.  The contest is open to schools and community groups in Florence County and Darlington County.  Finished barrels will be displayed at the Duck Cup/Earth Day at Kalmia Gardens on April 9, where visitors will vote for their favorite.  Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in two divisions (school or community group).  Barrels will be returned to participants for installation at a public location such as a school, library, church, or community center.

To Participate:

  1. Complete the Rain Barrel Art Review Application.  Forms must be received by Friday, February 12.
  2. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on Monday, February 15.  Barrels must be picked up from the Florence or Darlington County Extension Offices February 29 - March 4.
  3. Finished barrels must be dropped off at Kalmia Gardens on Saturday, April 9, from 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM.

Decorating Your Barrel:

Each selected school or community group will receive:

  • 1 pre-assembled white or blue plastic rain barrel
  • 2 cans of white primer for basecoat
  • 2 cans of clear sealant as topcoat

Participants are responsible for providing all other paint and supplies.  Once the barrel has been primed, any paint can be used.  All materials must be suitable for long-term outdoor use.

What Happens To The Finished Barrels?

All barrels must be dropped off at Kalmia Gardens on Saturday, April 9, from 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM.

Barrels will be judged at the Earth Day/Duck Cup event from 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM. Judging will be according to popular vote for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in two divisions (school or community group).  Winners will be notified the week of April 11.

Please note that all participants must agree to install the barrel at a public location such as a school, library, church, or community center.  Barrels will be returned to participants the week of April 11.


Clemson Carolina Clear Rainwater Harvesting Manual:  Information on rain barrels and rainwater harvesting, along with instructions for making your own rain barrel.  

Stormwater and Watershed Interactive Classroom Lessons: Free interactive whiteboard lessons developed by Clemson Carolina Clear for use in your classroom.

Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium Website:  The Pee Dee’s Stormwater Education, Outreach and Public Involvement Program from Clemson Carolina Clear.

Carolina Clear Website: Information on preventing stormwater pollution throughout South Carolina.

City of Lincoln Artistic Rain Barrel Program: Information about the artistic rain barrel program hosted by the Lincoln Children’s Zoo and the City of Lincoln’s Watershed Management Division.

City of Philadelphia Mural  Arts Program:  Information about a rain barrel art program to be utilized on the Philadelphia Water Department’s rain barrels.

 2015 Entries and Winners

1st Place (School)
Thornwell School
for the Arts

Teacher: Stacey Johnson
2nd Place (School)
Delmae Elementary
Science Club
Teacher: Deborah Chapman
3rd Place (School)
Sneed Middle School
Teacher: Lisa Perry
1st Place
(Community Group
Williamson Park Committee
rain barrel decorated by Thornwell School for the Arts rain barrel decorated by Delmae Elementary School rain barrel decorated by Sneed Middle School rain barrel decorated by Williamson Park Committee
2nd Place
(Community Group
Barnes Street Activity Center
3rd Place
(Community Group)
Maple Park Community Center
Lester Elementary School
Teacher: Susie Brown
Mayo High School
Teacher: Ruth Taylor
rain barrel decorated by Barnes Street Activity rain barrel decorated by Maple Park Community Center rain barrel decorated by Lester Elementary rain barrel decorated by Mayo Environmental Club
Mayo High School
Teacher: Lyn O'Donnell
John W. Moore
Intermediate School
Teacher: Jennifer Taylor
Wallace Gregg Elementary
Extended Day
Teacher: Alonzo Scipio
rain barrel decorated by Mayo Art Honor Society rain barrel decorated by Moore Intermediate rain barrel decorated by Wallace Gregg Extended Day

2013 Entries and Winners

1st Place - Winter Moore 2nd Place - Northwest Park Community Center 3rd Place - Barnes Street Teen Program Jordan Blackman
rain barrel by Winter Moore rain barrel by Northwest Park rain barrel by Barnes Street rain barrel by Jordan Blackman
Jana Goss Holly Beaumier Levy Park Youth Center Maple Park Afterschool Participants
rain barrel by Jana Goss Rain barrel by Holly Beaumier Rain Barrel by Levy Park Rain Barrel by Maple Park


Canines for Clean Water

Pet Waste Mascot

Canines for Clean Water was created to encourage citizens to be responsible pet owners and to protect our waterways by properly disposing of pet waste.  When left on the ground, bacteria, viruses, and parasites found in pet waste can be transported directly to creeks, streams, and rivers through stormwater runoff.  As you can imagine, that can have negative impacts on water quality and human health.  Picking up after your pet is not just a courtesy, it's the healthy and environmentally sound thing to do.

Storm Drain Marking

Storm Drain Marker Image


The FDSC is looking for volunteers to mark storm drains in the City of Florence, City of Darlington, Florence County, and Darlington County.  Storm drains lead directly to waterways so it is important to warn people not to put anything down a storm drain.  Your group can help by marking storm drains in your neighborhood.  We will provide your group with the markers, adhesive, safety vests, and educational door hangers.  For more information about the storm drain marking program, contact Terasa Lott.


Education ProgramsPhoto of kids testing water

The FDSC offers educational programs for children and adults including schools, civic groups, youth groups, HOAs, garden clubs, and water quality interest groups.  Programs are offered free of charge.  For more information, contact Terasa Lott.