Calling all Artists! 8th Annual Rain Barrel Art Project

Want to showcase your art in the Rain Barrel Art Benefit Auction?

      Here is How:

  1. Visit website to sign up and submit your idea for approval by Jan. 17.
  2. Once approved attend the artist workshop on February 1 at the Cincinnati Zoo.
  3. Pick up your rain barrel at end of the workshop
  4. Return your painted rain barrel March 26-28 and visit it at the Cincinnati Zoo through April.

Simple as that!

This Rain Barrel Art Project was created to promote the use of rain barrels throughout the Ohio River

Valley area via an entertaining yet educational medium.

Visit the 2020 Rain Barrel Art Project page for more information.

Duke Energy, Clermont SWCD Partner on a Beautiful Solution to Storm Water Pollution

Recently, Duke Energy and the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) partnered with a homeowners’ association in a Union Township subdivision to combat runoff problems and beautify the neighborhood at the same time.

Under a $25,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, Clermont SWCD worked with the Shayler Woods Homeowners Association (HOA) to install a 1000 square foot rain garden in a section of the subdivision where storm water did not receive any treatment before it reached a small creek. The garden will catch storm flows from two small drainage areas and allow it to soak into the ground over a day or two rather than running off into the creek. Along with reducing flow, the garden will help filter pollutants, including nutrients found in lawn fertilizers what can contribute to algae blooms.

Gene Benninger, the president of the Shayler Woods HOA, said “We are pleased that our community was chosen for this project. It has greatly enhanced the appearance of the landscape, and we look forward to Spring when everything will be blooming.”

Clermont SWCD offers guidance to any landowner in Clermont County, including homeowners associations, interested in creating their own rain garden.  Requests for assistance can be made by calling (513) 732-7075. or sending an email to

Rain Barrels: Reduce Runoff and Conserve Water

rainbarrel1The Clermont SWCD has several 60 gallon plastic rain barrel kits in stock for the amazing wholesale price of $80 (actual retail price is $120)! The terra cotta colored barrels are very high quality and come with spigot and nylon plugs required for simple operation.