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Sponsors: PPG Industries Foundation, The Coca-Cola Company, K&B True Value, EarthEcho International, Jack Buncher Foundation, Peace First, Sherwin-Williams, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

165 rain barrels~125 classrooms~2,085 participants

Teachers in Allegheny, Westmoreland, Fayette, and Butler County schools registered their classroom to participate in the program. The Three Rivers Project, launched in March 2016, gives students of all ages the opportunity to learn more about Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers (Ohio, Allegheny, and Monongahela) and how stormwater runoff concerns can be minimized through rain barrels.

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.