Heath King, NW Ala RC&D, assists
participant with rain barrel construction.
A successful rain barrel workshop was held in Haleyville by the Northwest RC&D Council, the Winston County Extension Office, and the Alabama Center for Advanced Woodworking Technology. The 35 spaces available in the workshop were quickly filled with participants wishing to build a rain barrel. The class featured information on watersheds, water conservation, water barrel siting, maintenance, and construction tips. Mona Dominguez, Alabama Water Watch, spoke about the importance of water as a natural resource in Alabama; Charles Pinkston, Regional Extension Agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, reviewed setup and maintenance; and Heath King, NW RC&D Council, gave construction tips. The cost of the workshop was only $10, quite a bargain since each completed rain barrel was a $60 value. Special thanks to Bruce Jackson, Trudie Wilson, and Jimmy Glasgow at the Alabama Center for Advanced Woodworking Technology for the use of the center and assistance in hosting the event. A quick review of the evaluations reveals participants were very satisfied with the quality of the workshop. Photos from the event are posted here.