Welcome to the Spring 2023 Lake SWCD and Cook SWCD Rain Barrel Sale!
We're excited to offer our Spring 2023 Community Rain Barrel Sale. Rain Barrels reduce water costs, keep our water clean, and provides a natural source of water for plants and gardens all while reducing the amount of pollutants that enter our storm drains.
Please explore our site to see what is being offered at this community sale. Because we are purchasing in bulk, we are able to offer rain barrels and accessories at reduced prices.
The pick-up date for your order will coincide with our May tree sale.
Thursday, May 11th - 12:00-4:00 pm
Cook County Search and Rescue Garage
317 W 5th Street,
Grand Marais, MN 55604
Friday, May 12th - 8:00 am-5:00 pm
Lake County SWCD office
408 E. 1st Ave.
Two Harbors, MN 55616
**Please pull around to the alley behind the building to collect rain barrels and compost bins.**
Composting in the news
Celebrating 30 Years
Why Use a Rain Barrel?
There are several environmental benefits associated with rain barrels. Rain barrels reduce storm water runoff, water that does not soak into the ground and can transport many pollutants to our local waterways as well as cause erosion. By collecting rainwater for watering lawns, gardens, and potted plants and for washing off patio furniture and tools, rain barrels conserve water. From a gardening perspective, the natural nutrients in rain water make it far better than city tap water, which contains chlorine and fluoride. With a rain barrel, gardeners can minimize or eliminate their use of chemical fertilizers.
Rain barrel water should not be used to drink or bathe. And rain barrels should be emptied and stored throughout the winter months.
Lake Superior North Story Map:
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Lake Superior North Watershed Restoration and Protection Strategies:
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