The deluge of rain and river water that drenched and devastated the Blanco area in late May did not diminish the need for water conservation throughout the Hill Country area. The need to conserve remains as dry weather patterns are expected to continue in the years ahead. Fortunately, the Hill Country Alliance is keeping conservation education and action at the forefront through its Rainwater Revival school grant program.
The program recently awarded a 2015 conservation grant to Blanco Middle School. The $1,000 grant will be used to fund a 2,500-gallon rainwater catchment tank that will be used to water the school’s gardens, which provide fresh, locally grown food for the school cafeteria. Pam Meier, the school’s 7th grade science and ecology teacher, submitted the grant request as a way to educate students about water conservation and enhance the teaching of math, science, art and language arts.
The Rainwater Revival is an annual event that focuses on collection, conservation and common sense. During the event, rain barrels decorated by area artists are auctioned to provide funds for the annual conservation grant program. The next Rainwater Revival event takes place on Nov. 7 in Dripping Springs. For more information, visit www.rainwaterrevival.com and www.hillcountryalliance.org.