Lucas SWCD plans rain barrel workshops

The Lucas Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is partnering with local agencies and organizations to offer two Make & Take Rain Barrel Workshops. Rain barrels are an easy and efficient way to manage storm water, while also saving money and resources.

The first workshop, held on July 25, is offered in partnership by Rain Garden Initiative and Partners for Clean Streams and will be at the Ottawa Hills Elementary School in the new gym (3602 Indian Rd.). The second Workshop, held on Aug. 2, is offered in partnership by Rain Garden Initiative and The Olander Parks System and will be at Olander Park in Sylvania at the Open Air Shelter #2 (6930 Sylvania Ave.).

Both Workshops are from 4-6 p.m. During each Workshop, attendees will learn the purpose of rain barrels and be led through a step-by-step process to make their own.

When registering, select a half hour time-slot during which you will build your rain barrel. The cost is $35 per barrel, and this includes all the materials and tools necessary. Pre-registration is required. All you will need is a vehicle large enough to transport the rain barrel home. The barrel measures at approximately 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide.

To register, visit the Lucas SWCD website at and visit the Events page where you will find information on registration. You can also register by visiting or calling the Lucas SWCD office, and either dropping off or mailing your payment. Call the Lucas SWCD office at (419) 893-1966 with any questions.