February 17, 2016
Gateway Subaru Love Promise with Barrels by the Bay Nationally Acknowledged

​Gateway Subaru in Delmar, MD, partners with a local water conservation program to help educate the community and positively impact the environment.

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April 5, 2016
Dorseyville Middle School students tackle rain barrel project

​Two brightly decorated rain barrels were installed at Camp Guyasuta in O'Hara, thanks to Dorseyville Middle School students who tackled the project to learn how to better preserve local water supplies.

“It was fun to work outside with my friends,” said Jean Daniher, a seventh-grader who helped place the barrels at the facility where her father, Mike, serves as camp ranger.

The lesson is linked to the nonprofit Barrels by the Bay program, which is dedicated to educating young people about water resources in the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding regions.

Read more at Trib Live 


July 25, 2015
Barrels by the Bay Hopes to Lower Bay Pollution via WJZ-13

BALTIMORE (WJZ) –Saving our waterways is a priority for one local non-profit, who is placing rain barrels around the city. WJZ’s Tracey Leong explains. The rain barrels, which have been donated by Coca-Cola, will help reduce the storm water runoff that’s been harming the Chesapeake Bay. The fastest  growing source of pollution to the Chesapeake Bay is storm water runoff. Annapolis non-profit Barrels by the Bay is working to change that.
“The bay has been named to sometimes ‘one of the dirtiest bay waters in America’ list, and rain barrels like these are going to help the cause,” said Elizabeth Rosenberger, Executive Director of Barrels by the Bay.

It’s a cause these summer camp kids at the Maryland Zoo support.

“We kind of trashed it and we need to fix it,” 13-year-old Marta said. “Cause that’s a big problem and we get so much things from the Chesapeake Bay and that’s a problem.”

The barrels will limit the debris, chemicals and trash that typically flow into the bay.

Teaming up with Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and the Maryland Zoo, Barrels by the Bay is spreading their mission to preserve our natural resources.​
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March 17, 2015

CBF to Help Midshipman in Barrels by the Bay Project
(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) will celebrate a school-based water conservation project called Barrels by the Bay with a festive kick-off event Monday, March 23 at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, CBF's headquarters building in Annapolis. Barrels by the Bay was created by Megan Rosenberger, Clinton Global Initiative Scholar, and United States Naval Academy Midshipman. The project will raise awareness of the United Nations' 22nd Annual World Water Day while educating students in area schools about the importance of water resources…

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March 2, 2016
Nearly 100 Schools throughout Allegheny County to Participate in Rain Barrel Program

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September 13, 2016

Students Design Stormwater Solutions by Philippe Cousteau


The students responded enthusiastically to the opportunity to combine the creativity of art with understanding about ecosystems, the water cycle, and ultimately civil engineering. This enthusiasm, much of which led to students working both during and outside of class, resulted in a very public installation of rain barrels at a local amusement park. 

Read  more at Green Schools National Network​​

February 26, 2018

"Brighten a Barrel" for rainwater collection at Epcot's 2018 International Flower & Garden Festival
Guests can ‘Brighten a Barrel’ during the opening weekend of Epcot’s 2018 International Flower & Garden Festival. Attendees at the opening weekend of the 2018 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival can combine artistry and ecology when they ‘Brighten a Barrel’ by painting a rainwater collector.

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February 22,2019

“Brighten a Barrel” Activity Station Returns to the 2019 Epcot Flower & Garden Festival

Barrels by the Bay, a non-profit organization committed to using rain barrels to educate individuals about conservation and sustainability, is teaming up with Walt Disney World Resort, Coca-Cola Beverages Florida, LLC, and Orlando City Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Green Works Initiative for its third “Brighten a Barrel” event during the 2019 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.

Read more at WDW News Today

April 22, 2016
Alle-Kiski Schools Participant in Barrels for the Bay Program

Barrels for the Bay is starting at almost 100 area schools, among them St. Joseph High School in Harrison and an after-school program in New Kensington. The locally-inspired water quality program is expanding here in time for Earth Day weekend. 

Read more at Trib Live 


March 22,2018

Recycled Coca-Cola Syrup Drums Enjoy Second Life as Rain Barrels in Florida

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida is helping local schools and community groups convert recycled syrup drums into fully functioning rain barrels in partnership with Barrels by the Bay.

Read more at The Coca-Cola Journey

March 25, 2015
Capital Gazette: Midshipman honored for rain barrel project
Selected as 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University Scholar

A Naval Academy midshipman has been selected as a 2015 Clinton Global Initiative University Scholar for her environmental service project. Megan Rosenberger, 20, was chosen as one of 15 students, from over 500 applicants across the country, for the Resolution Project Fellowship Award, which partners with the Clinton Foundation.

The fellowship provides hands-on mentorship, global advisory resources and $5,000 in funding for each awardee's service project.

Rosenberger's environmental service project is "Barrels by the Bay," which aims to educate the public about water resources by transforming 22 donated Coca-Cola syrup barrels into rain barrels. Volunteers and students from 13 county schools will paint and design the rain barrels to correspond to the 22 themes of World Water Day, which was Sunday.The barrels will be installed at government buildings in Annapolis, potentially collecting over 600,000 gallons of water a year. The water collected will be used for plants, grass, trees and gardens…       

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September 25, 2015
Barrels by the Bay Goes "Wild with Art" at the Salisbury Zoo

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June 1, 2016

Upper St. Clair students create rain barrel for Outdoor Classroom

Participants had the opportunity to learn more about Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers and how storm water runoff concerns can be minimized through rain barrels.

Read more at the almanac


April 22, 2015
Students Design Rain Barrels for the City of Annapolis

ANNAPOLIS – Hand-painted by students at thirteen participating schools in the Annapolis area, several of the twenty-two decorated rain barrels were unveiled today to mark the conclusion of Barrels by the Bay 2015 World Water Day Kick-Off and Earth Day Celebration. Included in the unveiling were students of Annapolis Elementary 4th Grade Class, who will celebrate Earth Day along with their painted rain barrels, donated by the Cola-Cola Company. Since the assembly of the rain barrels at the Barrels by the Bay Kick-Off, held at the Philip Merrill Environmental Center on March 23, 2015, where Mayor Mike Pentelides declared March 23rd Barrels by the Bay Day, students have been painting rain barrels in collaboration with Barrels by the Bay.

These painted rain barrels are just weeks away from adding a splash to Annapolis’s schools, government buildings, parks, businesses, and public streets. “This initiative marks the beginning of schools, both local and national organizations, and the city of Annapolis coming together to make an impact on the Chesapeake Bay watershed,” remarked Megan Rosenberger…          

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February 26, 2018

"Brighten a Barrel" For the Environment at this Year's Flower & Garden Festival
Looking for a unique and memorable activity to do at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival this year? Then, make sure to stop by Barrels on the Bay’s “Brighten a Barrel” booth!

Read more at Chip and Co. 

March 19, 2018

Doing good by the gallon: Young environmentalists skip lunch to install water-conservation barrel at Slope school

These kids are saving the environment — on their lunch break!
A handful of industrious third graders rigged a rain-collection barrel to the gutter system of their Park Slope school on Thursday, which will collect 28,000 gallons of reusable H20 a year. And they did it all during lunch, according to one water-conservation expert.

Read more at the Brooklyn Paper

March 26, 2016
Harrison native brings rain barrels full of educational potential to Western Pa.

A teaching idea using rain barrels is flowing from the Chesapeake Bay into this region, thanks to a Harrison family. Harrison native Megan Rosenberger, a midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, started Barrels by the Bay last year. “Barrels” encouraged environmental education and understanding about water for about 2,000 students in about 100 Baltimore-area and Annapolis schools. Now Rosenberger's project has more than 100 Western Pennsylvania schools participating.Between now and Earth Day on April 22, area students will paint the white plastic barrels.

Read more at Trib Live.