In partnership with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Division of Watershed Stewardship’s rain barrel program, the Delaware Forest Service invites residents of Delaware communities within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed to buy a rain barrel and get a free tree through the Trees for the Bay program.
For each purchase of a discounted rain barrel scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 15 and 16 in Sussex County, Delaware residents who live at eligible addresses will receive a voucher worth $100 toward the purchase of a qualifying tree(s) at participating nurseries and garden centers. Additional rain barrel purchases by qualifying residents will be eligible for additional vouchers, while supplies last, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Available through DNREC’s Nonpoint Source Program, the heavy-duty plastic rain barrels are for sale to Delaware residents at a discounted price of $57.88 each. Tree vouchers will be available to Chesapeake Bay Watershed residents when purchasing rain barrels at these pickup locations:
For western Sussex County residents, rain barrels will be available for pickup from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 15 (or until sold out) at the Seaford Public Works Building, 320 Virginia Ave.
For eastern Sussex County residents, rain barrels will be available for pickup from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 16 (or until sold out) at DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship Lewes Facility, next to the Lewes boat ramp at 901 Pilottown Road.
Vouchers are available only to those who reside within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. To see if a home address falls within the boundaries, visit http://de.gov/findmywatershed. In Sussex County, vouchers must be redeemed by Monday, May 5, at these participating nurseries and garden centers: Elmer’s Market, 13257 Seashore Highway, Georgetown, 302-337-8110; and Barton’s Landscaping/Lawn Co., 20689 Sussex Highway, Seaford, 302-629-9645.
Vouchers are not redeemable for the following tree species (which are not recommended and/or considered invasive species): ash, northern red oak, Leyland cypress, hemlock, Japanese black pine, Australian pine, American elm, Norway maple, Tree of Heaven, Paulownia, mimosa, white mulberry, Chinese elm, any white-barked birch and any species or variety of pear.
The Delaware Forest Service and DNREC’s Division of Watershed Stewardship both recognize the important role trees play in cleaning air and water while enhancing the quality of life for Delaware residents. Trees reduce soil erosion and sedimentation, remove excess nutrients, and filter harmful pollutants before they make their way into the tributaries, streams and rivers within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
The Delaware Forest Service’s Trees for the Bay program is underwritten by federal funds and designed to help communities meet the water quality goals outlined in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan. For more details, visit www.dnrec.delaware.gov/swc/wa/Pages/Chesapeake_Wip.aspx.
For more information about the Delaware Forest Service’s Trees for the Bay program, go to delawaretrees.com/trees-for-the-bay or contact Kesha Braunskill, Delaware Forest Service, at 302-659-6704, or email email@example.com.
For more information about DNREC’s discounted rain barrel program, call Sharon Webb, Division of Watershed Stewardship, Nonpoint Source Program, at 302-739-9922, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.