The Lions Step In
Since 2009, Lions in Bowie, Maryland, have been helping protect the Chesapeake Bay by providing the community with rain barrels used to collect storm water runoff. The rain barrels collect runoff from residents’ rooftops, and homeowners can use this water for their lawns and gardens. Not only do the rain barrels reduce the amount of runoff and pollution carried to the Bay, but they also help community members conserve water and save on their water bills.
The Bowie Lions sell rain barrels at the local farmers market, allowing them to raise funds while letting the community know about other projects and services in which they are involved. Every spring, the Lions team up with the city to sponsor a rain barrel workshop for the community – raising awareness about storm water runoff, explaining how a rain barrel can help and showing people how to use them.
A Safer, Cleaner Community
Many Bowie residents who originally purchased one rain barrel have come back for a second and third. Local artists even get involved by painting the rain barrels with bright colors or landscapes. Homeowners enjoy saving on their water bills and better maintaining their own lawn, in addition to contributing to the cleanup of the Chesapeake Bay. “The end result of our efforts will help protect our waterways for future generations,” said Bowie Lion Ronnie Cervenka.
Storm water runoff can have a negative impact on the Chesapeake Bay even from homes that are hundreds of miles away. Water can drain from ponds into rivers that flow into the Bay. There are even areas in New York that drain into the Chesapeake Bay. By raising awareness and implementing simple solutions like rain barrels, people can do their part to keep the water safe.