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The Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge

The Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge is a competition that engages schools and youth groups located in the Barnegat Bay watershed to learn about the bay and how people can help protect its water quality and natural resources. The students investigate the theme for each year's Challenge then work together to design rain barrels that address the theme.

This year's theme for the Rain Barrel Challenge is "Barnegat Bay-Friendly Yards." This theme was chosen in coordination with Jersey-Friendly Yards and the Barnegat Bay Partnership. Barrels can depict native plants and alternatives to lawn and the benefits to the Barnegat Bay by having a Jersey-Friendly Yard. The Jersey-Friendly Yards website is a guide to making environmentally responsible landscaping decisions for a healthier yard and a healthier Barnegat Bay. Ideas may include but are not limited to: Find native plants for Barnegat Bay landscape and Rethink your lawn.


Registration closed December 21, 2018


Once you sign up, you'll receive a confirmation email by November 17. This will hold your school / organization's place for a barrel and help us schedule rain barrel deliveries and presentations.

The Department has a very limited number of barrels this year. We can guarantee the first 20 schools / organizations that sign up for the Rain Barrel Challenge will each receive one barrel. The Department may not be able to accommodate multiple barrels requested this year due to our limited supplies. If additional barrels become available, we will distribute them to any school / organization requesting additional barrels. Any additional barrels will be delivered without any of the needed hardware. The school / organization would then be responsible to provide the hardware (a supply list and assembly instructions would be provided). There will be a two barrel maximum for all schools / organizations, if extra barrels do become available. Any barrel submitted for weather-proofing must have the necessary hardware attached to it.

Rain barrels will be delivered and the students will receive a rain barrel presentation between January 7th - February 8st.

Schools will paint their school's barrel with their unique deisn. Schools will a photo of the completed (and competing) rain barrel to toni.heater@dep.nj.us. Along with a descriptive paragraph telling the round two judges how the barrel fits the theme, how the class came up with the design and how the students created the barrel's artwork.

This year's voting will be linked to the New Jersey Department of Protection’s “NJH20” Facebook Page. Rules for voting will be releases to the schools and the general public via The Department’s Rain Barrel Challenge webpage on the NJH20 page and will strictly enforced.


Cast your vote HERE.

Winning barrel Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Winner of the
Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge!


Beach Haven Elementary School
Beach Haven, New Jersey

Click HERE for details!

Resources for Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge:
  • 2017/18 : 21 barrels competed in the Challenge. To view the barrels click HERE!. Rain Barrel Mini Demo Model
  • To learn more about water conservation click HERE.
  • To learn more about rain barrels click HERE.
  • To build your own miniature Rain Barrel Demo model see instructions HERE.


United Water LogoSuez is pleased to partner with NJDEP to implement the Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge in order to help optimize water usage and preserve our most precious natural resource for future generations

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