Building a rain barrel

Building a rain barrel

The Sun River Watershed Group (SRWG) and Cascade Conservation District will host a Rain Barrel Workshop and Fundraiser on July 25th 2020 at the Beacon Icehouse, Great Falls. The event will begin promptly at 10 am and rain barrel construction will finish at noon, with the option for attendees to stay and decorate their barrels. For a suggested $40 donation, participants will receive a rain barrel and hardware, event tumbler, and refreshments. The Sun River Watershed Group will provide paint and stencils for decorating the barrels.

“We hope the community will join us for this unique event. Water is a limited resource in our area, so we’re excited to provide a way for folks to harvest rain water and use it to make their personal gardens grow,” enthuses Tracy Wendt, SRWG’s watershed coordinator. “This should be fun and educational for the whole family.”

The Rain Barrel Workshop is family-friendly and will be hosted outside on the lawn of the Beacon Icehouse. Participants should be sure to wear appropriate attire, especially if painting, and bring sun protection and water. Participants are encouraged to bring cordless drills and eye-protection, if possible, for assembling hardware to the barrel. Social distancing will be used throughout the event. Registration for this event can be found at

The Sun River Watershed Group is a local non-profit with a mission to collaboratively protect and restore the resources of the Sun River Watershed and its communities. Participants will learn about storm runoff and water conservation in the Sun River and Missouri River Watersheds. Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water, supply non-chlorinated water for gardening, and keep runoff from entering Montana’s streams, rivers, and lakes. The use of one rain barrel has the potential to save up to 1,300 gallons of water in one year.

Participants should consult Homeowners Association guidelines for rain barrels before participating, where applicable.

This cooperative project has been funded in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Cascade Conservation District, The River Network Program, and The Coca-Cola Company. For more information, contact Emma Kelsick at or Tracy Wendt at Be sure to visit and Facebook for information on this and other events hosted by SRWG.