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The City of Clarksburg Mayor’s Youth Council (MYC) is helping eliminate flooding one rain barrel at a time. Members of the MYC took part in decorating a rain barrel for each of the three (3) Clarksburg High Schools: Liberty, Notre Dame and Robert C. Byrd.
Each barrel will do a small part in eliminating stormwater runoff. The water that is captured in each barrel can be used for watering gardens, lawns, washing vehicles, and various other household tasks that use a larger quantity of municipal water. It is recommended that the water not be ingested.
Before decorating their school barrels, members of the MYC enjoyed a presentation from the City’s engineer, Tom Brown. Mr. Brown touched the hydrological cycle, urbanization, the direct link between urbanization and flooding, and ways to prevent flooding through water storage.
This project was the first of its kind for the MYC. The project gave the students a hands-on learning experience. Mr. Brown felt it was important to educate the youth on stormwater, and hoped it would be a trickledown effect, where they will then educate their parents or guardians on stormwater.
In the near future, the City of Clarksburg will be hosting a community event where members of the community will have the opportunity to partake in creating their own rain barrel for their homes.