Programs and Events

Earth Day Rain Barrel Art Contest

Rain Barrel Art Competition

Sumter Stormwater Solutions will be hosting their third annual Rain Barrel Art Contest this spring! All public and private schools in Sumter County are encouraged to participate. Schools may have multiple classes compete, but only one rain barrel per class. SSS will provide a completed rain barrel, primer, and sealant to each class. The class/school will be responsible for providing painting materials such as brushes and colored paint. ONLY students may work on the rain barrel. Schools will be responsible for bringing the completed rain barrel to the Earth Day Festival in Sumter held in April. Barrels will be judged by the public attending the festival. Barrels will be split into elementary, middle, and high school categories. The barrel receiving the most overall votes will be the People's Choice. Next, there will be a winner in each of the elementary, middle, and high school categories. People's Choice will win a class pizza and icecream party. Category winners will win a class pizza party. Schools have the option of installing the barrel on school grounds, at a public location such as a library or church, or donating the barrels back to SSS to be auctioned off during the festival in a silent auction. If you have any question please contact Breann Liebermann at (803) 773-5561 or

2014 Winners:
1st Place – Lakewood High School (Ms. Davis's Class)
2nd Place – Sumter High School (Ms. Renick's Class)
3rd Place – Millwood Elementary School Ecology Club

Sumter Stormwater Solutions Meetings

Sumter North Hope Center

Please join us to plan stormwater education, outreach, and public involvement programs for Sumter County.  All meetings are open to the public, so if water quality is important to you, we welcome your input.  Meetings are held quarterly (January, April, July and October).   The next meeting will be held on Monday, April 20th at 10am at the North Hope Center in Sumter. Please contact Breann Liebermann if you plan on attending. Click here to read the minutes from previous meetings.

Storm Drain Markingdrain marker

Sumter Stormwater Solutions is beginning a volunteer initiative to mark all the stormdrains in communities in the City of Sumter and Sumter County.  Storm drains flow to waterways without treatment, so it is very important to warn people not to dump oil, trash, leaves, household chemicals or anything else down a storm drain.  Your group can help, by marking the storm drains in your neighborhood!  The markers are installed with an easy-to-use adhesive, and younger volunteers can assist by distributing doorhangers to houses in the neighborhood.  Contact Breann Liebermann for more information.


Interested in a presentation on Stormwater Pollution Prevention for your organization?

We offer educational programs for children, adults, and technical audiences, including schools, scout troops, homeowners associations, garden clubs, and water quality interest groups.  There is no charge for programs.  If you are interested, please contact Breann Liebermann.

Right: Students at a local elementary school discover sources of pollution in a community watershed, using a table top model and real water!


More programs from your neighboring Stormwater Consortiums:



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On February 16th Sumter Stormwater Solutions and Sumter County will host one of its annual Stream Cleanups along Shot Pouch Creek.  We will be picking up trash along the banks of this urban stream, which drains much of the stormwater that flows from roads and neighborhoods in Sumter.  This section of the stream also has problems with littering and illegal dumping from nearby roads.  Water pollution affects you!  Litter harms fish and wildlife, prevents people from enjoying boating, fishing and swimming in streams, lakes and rivers, and decreases pride in where we live.  By working together, we can make a great difference for our community! 


Anyone can participate – individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic clubs or businesses.  Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes and clothes that can get dirty.  Please bring work gloves if you have them.  Sumter Stormwater Solutions will provide trash bags, bottled water and gloves.  If you would like to participate, please contact Jolie Brown at 803-773-5561, or just come out and join us!