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Vassar College Farm and Ecological Preserve Rain Barrels


Rain barrels at Vassar College

During the spring of 2009, an Environmental Studies class from Vassar College built these rain barrels to serve as a demonstration site. Gutters were installed on part of the old cow barns to collect the water.

Site Location

  • Site Name: Vassar College Farm & Ecological Preserve
  • Address: Hooker Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
  • Owner: Vassar College
  • County: Dutchess
  • Watershed: Casperkill Creek
  • Land use of site: Ecological Preserve
  • Can this site be visited? Yes
  • Location on site: Near cow barns, adjacent to parking lot

Practice Details

  • Intent of design: Store rainwater from the roof of the barn for reuse
  • Size of structure/capacity: Two 55-gallon barrels, 110 gallons total
  • Size of drainage area: 400 square ft
  • Plants or materials used: 55-gallon food grade plastic barrels
  • Maintenance: Barrels stored indoors during the winter, debris removed from the top screening occasionally
    Maintained by: Collins Research Fellow, Vassar College Environmental Research Institute

Design/Installation Information

  • Design: Vassar College Environmental Studies majors (class of 2009)
  • Installation: Vassar College Environmental Studies majors (class of 2009), Vassar College Buildings and Grounds
  • Date of installation: May 2009
  • Zoning change or special permit required: No
  • Project cost: About $95 ($20 for two barrels, $75 for other supplies), plus cost to install gutters
  • Form of payment: Purchase order from Vassar College

For Additional Site Information:

Contact: Keri VanCamp, Vassar Farm & Ecological Preserve Field Station Manager
Phone: (845) 437-7414 or (845) 437-7448