A new program of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, which sponsors West Virginia Project WET, is offering a combination of water education and rain barrel installation to selected schools. 

West Virginia Coordinator Tomi Bergstrom explained that the DEP selected 14 schools out of more than 70 applicants across the state to participate in the program.

"At each school we conduct a one-hour Project WET session with the students on whatever water topics the teacher has asked us to cover," Tomi said. "We have installed three rain barrels so far and will continue though early April with installations at elementary, middle and high schools. The schools were selected due to their interest in using the rain barrels as an educational tool and for irrigation with their greenhouses, flower beds, hydroponic gardens and more.

The DEP devoted a recent episode of "Environment Matters" to the new initiative:

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