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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.

Voting will be conducted in two parts:

All schools/organizations will be in one of four categories:
  • Youth organizations
  • Small schools
  • Medium schools
  • Large schools
Round 1: The first round of voting will be linked to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s “NJH2O” Facebook page and will consist of online voting for your favorite rain barrel on the NJH2O Facebook page. The barrel from each of the four categories above that get the most “likes” will advance to the second round of voting. Rules for voting will be released to the schools and the general public via the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Rain Barrel Challenge webpage and on the NJH2O page and will be strictly enforced.

Round 2: To give all Rain Barrel Challenge participants a fair chance of winning, there will be a second round of voting. Round Two will consist of voting by a panel of judges – New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and select partners of the 2018 Barnegat Bay Blitz. The panel of judges will evaluate each rain barrel based on the following criteria:
  • How well the theme is portrayed
  • Originality and creativity of design
Cast your vote HERE.

Winning barrel Congratulations to the 2017 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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