Stormwater Management Grant - Rain Barrel Project

Friends of Cabin John Creek (FOCJC) received a Stormwater Management Grant in April 2015 to improve community awareness and mitigate the negative impacts of stormwater run-off into the Cabin John Creek watershed. The watershed extends from Rockville, MD, to the Potomac River, loosely following the north-south route of Seven Locks Road, with tributary branches emptying into the creek from the east and west. This competitive grant program is part of a public-private partnership between the Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) and the Montgomery County Department of Text Box: Rain barrels come in many shapes and sizes.

Environmental Protection (MCDEP)

As one component of the stormwater grant, FOCJC's Rain Barrel Project seeks to educate local Boy Scout troops about stormwater threats to Cabin John Creek, and involve them in efforts to combat the threats by installing residential rain barrels. Specifically, FOCJC will be recruiting BSA troops that are located near the creek, educating them about the need for and benefits of rain barrels, and helping them launch neighborhood-based campaigns to identify interested households and install rain barrels for them. The goal is to have scouts install 50 rain barrels in the Cabin John watershed by April 1, 2017. Cost of the rain barrels will be partially subsidized by FOCJC.

You can play a key role in preventing creek erosion and flooding while conserving water and harvesting rain to keep your yard and garden green. The Friends of Cabin John Creek (FOCJC) is offering discounted rain barrels for Cabin John Creek Watershed residents.

What are the Benefits of a Rain Barrel?

The FOCJC Rain Barrel Program gives watershed residents a simple way to make a positive impact on the local environment by installing a rain barrel at home. Rain barrels can reduce erosion by temporarily detaining rainwater and releasing it slowly over time. This minimizes the erosive effects of concentrated stormwater flows. Preventing erosion helps keep our creeks, the Potomac River, and the Chesapeake Bay healthier. Rain barrels have the added benefit of directing water away from your foundation and allowing you to use collected rainwater to keep your garden green.

The US EPA estimates that lawn and garden watering make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer. A rain barrel can collect water and store it for when you need it. It provides an ample supply of free "soft water" to homeowners, containing no chlorine, lime, or calcium, making it ideal for gardens flower pots or car and window washing.

A rain barrel will save most Mid-Atlantic homeowners about 1,300 gallons of water during the peak summer months. Saving water not only helps protect the environment, it saves you money and energy through decreased demand for treated tap water. Diverting water from storm drains also decreases the impact of runoff to streams. A rain barrel is an easy way for you to have a consistent supply of clean, fresh water for outdoor use, FREE.

Catch the Rain with a Rain Barrel!

The FOCJC Rain Barrel Program is a two-year initiative (2015 - 2017) involving several local partners:

Take advantage of this exclusive offer while supplies last!

If you are interested in having the Boy Scouts install a rain barrel at your home, or having your Boy Scout troop get involved, please contact Tina Rouse (