Programs

Rain Barrel

2019 Annual Rain Barrel Sale JULY 18th-19th

Pre-order a ready to install barrel today for a discounted price of $68 (regularly priced at $129).

*Limited Supplies*

Why Harvest Rainwater?
Irrigation: Harvested rainwater can be used to irrigate landscape beds, butterfly gardens, rain gardens, and container plants, as well as to create wildlife features such as birdbaths or butterfly puddling areas.

Stormwater Runoff: Rainwater harvesting manages polluted runoff by decreasing the volume of stormwater that moves across the landscape, transporting pollutants, such as fertilizers, pet waste, sediment, and litter, to nearby waterways.

Flooding & Erosion Issues: This practice can also be used to manage flooding and erosion around the foundation of a building.

master pond managerMaster Pond Manager

Registration is still open for our Spring 2019 course. Master Pond Manager is a hybrid course that includes online and face-to-face learning. The online course includes self-paced lectures, discussions, and quizzes. There will also be two days of hands-on participation activities in the field that will take place in the greater Florence area.

Registration ends March 18th.
Course begins March 25th.

To learn more about the course and to register, see  www.clemson.edu/mpm 

2019 Rain Barrel Art Review

painted barrels

Call For Artists:

The Florence Darlington Stormwater Consortium is proud to present the 2019 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 13, 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 Thursday, February 21.
  2. Applicants will be notified of acceptance on February 22. Barrels must be picked up from the Florence or Darlington County Extension Offices February 25-March 1.
  3. Finished barrels must be dropped off at Kalmia Gardens on Saturday, April 13, 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 paints 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 13, 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 15.

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 23.

2018 Entries and Winners

1st place (school)
Carolina Elementary

1st place school's barrel

2nd place (school)
Hartsville High School Art III

2nd place school's barrel

3rd place (school)
Hartsville High School IBVA

3rd place school's barrel

1st place (Community Group)
Sneed Middle School Squire Squad 4-H

1st place community group's barrel

2nd place (Community Group)
John W. Moore Intermediate School Environmental Club

2nd place community group's barrel

3rd (Community Group)
Sneed Middle School Robotics Team

3rd place community group's barrel

2017 Entries and Winners

1st place (School)
Timmonsville High
Teacher: Jessie Welch

rain barrel from Timmonsville High School

2nd place (School)
Sneed Middle Art III
Teacher: Melissa Johnson
& Lisa Perry

rain barrel from Sneed Middle

3rd place (School)
Briggs Elementary 4th grade
Teacher: Paige Garrison

rain barrel from Briggs Elementary

1st place (Community Group)
Florence County
Master Gardeners Association
Contact: Happy Powell

rain barrel from Florence County Master Gardeners Association

2nd place
(Community Group)
Darlington High
National Art Honor Society
Teacher: Mary Ellen Judge

rain barrel from Darlington High Art Honor Society

3rd place
(Community Group)
Girls Scout Troop #110
Leader: Bobbie Stricklin

rain barrel from Girl Scout Troop 110

(School)
Brockington Elementary
Teacher: Naomi King

rain barrel from Brockington Elementary

(School)
Johnson Middle
Teacher: Jessie Welch

rain barrel from Johnson Middle

(Community Group)
Delmae 4-H Club
Teacher: Deborah Chapman

rain barrel from Delmae 4-H Club

(Community Group)
John W. Moore
Intermediate
Environmental Club
Teacher: Jennifer Taylor

rain barrel from Moore Intermediate

(Community Group)
Southside Middle
Young Men of Character
Teacher: Henry McFadden
& Jeff Rouse

rain barrel from Southside Middle

(Community Group)
Swamp Fox Quilters
Contact: Timi Bronson

rain barrel from Swamp Fox Quilters

(Community Group)
Darlington County
4-H Cooking Club
Leader: Janice Johnson

rain barrel from 4-H Cooking Club

2016 Entries and Winners

1st Place (School)
North Hartsville Elementary
Teacher: Adrianna Gardner

barrel

2nd Place (School)
Timmonsville High School
Teacher: Mr. Jessie Welch

barrel

3rd Place (School)
Sneed Middle School
Art III
Teacher: Lisa Perry

barrel

1st Place 
(Community Group)
Hartsville Middle School
Art Magnet
Teacher: Michelle McCall

barrel

2nd Place 
(Community Group)
Darlington High School
National Art Honor Society
Teacher: Mary Williams

barrel

3rd Place 
(Community Group)
Briggs Extended Day Dance
Teacher: Paige Rogers Garrison

barrel

(School)
Southside Middle School
Teacher: Shay Carl

barrel

(School)
Brockington Elementary School
Teacher: Jessie Welch / Naomi King

barrel

(Community Group)
Delmae Elementary 4-H Club
Contact: Deborah Chapman

barrel

(Community Group)
Timrod Elementary
Extended Day Academy
Contact: Alonzo Scipio

barrel

(Community Group)
Central Pee Dee Livestock Club
Contact: John Zigler

barrel

2015 Entries and Winners

1st Place (School)
Thornwell School 
for the Arts
Teacher: Stacey Johnson

barrel

2nd Place (School)
Delmae Elementary 
Science Club
Teacher: Deborah Chapman

barrel

3rd Place (School)
Sneed Middle School
Teacher: Lisa Perry

barrel

1st Place 
(Community Group)
Williamson Park Committee

barrel

2nd Place 
(Community Group)
Barnes Street Activity Center

barrel

3rd Place 
(Community Group)
Maple Park Community Center

barrel

(School)
Lester Elementary School
Teacher: Susie Brown

barrel

(School)
Mayo High School 
Teacher: Ruth Taylor

barrel

(School)
Mayo High School 
Teacher: Lyn O'Donnell

barrel

(School)
John W. Moore 
Intermediate School
Teacher: Jennifer Taylor

barrel

(School)
Wallace Gregg Elementary 
Extended Day
Teacher: Alonzo Scipio

barrel

2013 Entries and Winners

1st Place - Winter Moore

barrel

2nd Place - Northwest Park Community Center

barrel

3rd Place - Barnes Street Teen Program

barrel

Jordan Blackman

barrel

Jana Goss

barrel

Holly Beaumier

barrel

Levy Park Youth Center

barrel

Maple Park Afterschool Participants

barrel

Canines for Clean Water logo

Canine s  for Clean Water was created to  encourage citizens to be responsible pet owners and to protect our waterways by prope rl y disp osi ng of pet waste. When left on the ground, bacteria, viruses, and parasites found in pet waste  can be transpo rt e d directly to creeks, streams, and rivers through stormwater runoff. As you can imagine, that can have negative impacts on water quality and human health. Pickin g up after your pet is not just a courtesy, it's the healthy and environmentally sound thing to do.

logoStorm Drain Marking

The FDSC is lookin for volunteers to mark storm drains.  Storm drains lead di rectly 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.


kids sampling water Education Programs

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.