As part of Bluegrass PRIDE's Bring on the Barrels project, five rain barrels are displayed throughout Danville and will be there until the end of May. They can be found at Danville's city hall, the Community Arts Center, the Historic Antique Mall, The Hub Coffee House & Cafe and The Maple Tree Gallery. These rain barrels were painted by artists and students from Mercer County.
Bring on the Barrels is a project that encourages citizens to become aware of water quality issues, especially in the springs. Installing a rain barrel is one of the many simple steps that can be taken to reduce pollution in steams.
Though water pollution used to be caused primarily by big businesses, the problem now stems from the actions of individuals. Common pollutants picked up by runoff after a storm include fertilizers, pesticides, dog waste, oil and litter.
For those interested in rain barrels, there are 25 artistic barrels currently on display throughout Central Kentucky. These barrels, created by central Kentucky artists and students, also can be viewed online at www.kentuckypride.com.