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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.

The theme of the 2016 Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge was Protect Me from Marine Debris. Participants in the Challenge explored the different types and sources of marine debris, including litter and fishing gear, that become lost or thrown into the marine environment. All registered rain barrels were entered into a first-round electronic voting process and the semi-finalists were reviewed and scored by a panel of experts.

The designers of the winning rain barrel were recognized at the annual Barnegat Bay Blitz held this year on Friday, June 3. The winning school also received a water festival, which is an interactive, indoor-outdoor, school-based, all-day event that focuses on various aspects of water education and consists of workshops and assembly programs that students rotate through.

Each summer, many of the rain barrels that competed in the Challenge go on display at various locations throughout the Barnegat Bay watershed to educate the public about water conservation and green practices.

Winning barrel Congratulations to the 2016 Winner of the
Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge!


Lakewood Middle School
Lakewood Public School District
Lakewood, New Jersey

Click HERE for details!

Rain Barrels Summer Tour The 2016 Rain Barrel Challenge Summer Tour

•   To view a video of one of our previous Tours click HERE.
•   If you would like to showcase one of our barrels during the Summer
     2016 Tour at your business or public venue please contact
     Barnegatbayblitz@dep.nj.gov.


Resources for Barnegat Bay Blitz Rain Barrel Challenge:
  • In 2015/2016 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 LogoUnited Water 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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