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May is all about the rain barrels

May is a wonderful time of year for Stormwater, and not just because of the beautiful weather, flora, and fauna. This month, we have not only National Public Works Week, but also Roll Out the Barrels, the annual silent auction we co-host with the Water Conservation Office.  
Roll Out the Barrels is one of my favorite events of the year. It mixes local art with green infrastructure, all while raising money for the Green School Program. This year, we have 17 incredibly talented artists participating. Check out their barrels online on our Facebook page, or see them in person. We have barrels in the ACC Planning Department, ACC Water Billing Office, Athens Public Library, Athens Technical College, Creature Comforts, Hotel Indigo, Memorial Park, and State Botanical Garden. Visit our website at for more information about the event.
Here is where we will be this month:
Athens Farmers Market
Saturday, May 16, 8 am–noon 
Bishop Park

Come to the Athens Farmers Market and check out our booth. We’ll have information on rain barrels and rain gardens, as well as a stormwater trivia game. Enjoy the tastes of Athens while puzzling out a couple of brain-busters.
National Public Works Week
May 17–May 23

Check out our Facebook and Twitter for more information about how public works helps build community.
Roll Out the Barrels
Wednesday, May 27, 4–7:30 pm
Creature Comforts Brewery

We are co-hosting Roll Out the Barrels with the Water Conservation Office for the fifth year running, with support this year from Athens Paint and Body, Creature Comforts, Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful, and Last Resort. Come to Creature Comforts on Wednesday, May 27, to see beautiful examples of functional art. Bid on your favorite, or just enjoy the free music, food, and fun. Each of our barrels is featured on a special, Roll Out the Barrels button. You can find these barrels (and buttons) around town before the event. Proceeds from the auction go to support the Green School Program. We hope to see you there.

For more information about Athens-Clarke County Stormwater, please visit our webpage at, follow us on Facebook (, or find us on Twitter (@ACCStormwater).  

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