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Rain Barrel Giveaway at Chappetto Square

District 22 Council Member Costa Constantinides is partnering with Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas to host a rain barrel giveaway at Chappetto Square (Hoyt Avenue and 23rd Street) on Saturday, July 28th, starting at 10 am.

To RSVP, email mcorbett@council.nyc.gov by Monday, July 23rd. Reserved barrels will only be held until noon. After that, the free barrels will be distributed a first come, first serve basis.

Installing a rain barrel is a something any homeowner can do, not only to ease strain on New York City’s water system but also to capture stormwater before it can enter the sewer system and thereby reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs) into local waterways like the East River.  The barrels can be connected to a downspout to capture and store the stormwater that falls on the rooftop. The water collected in the rain barrel can then be used  in lawns and gardens.

Photo credit: Ian Mackenzie via Flickr.com


Clare Doyle is a graduate of the M.A. program in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester, UK. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Studies as well as a B.A. in Archaeology and History from University Dublin, Ireland. She has worked for 30 years in library reference publishing in New York. Clare is the Vice President of Green Shores NYC, a non-profit group that advocates for a cleaner, greener and more connected waterfront in Astoria and Long Island City

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