Rain barrels are amazing — they capture, store and discharge rainwater that otherwise would flow off a roof, through gutters and downspouts/rain chains and become runoff. River Network partnered with IMRivers to create the Rain Barrel Registry (http://www.rainbarrelregistry.com/), a participatory mapping tool offering a visual inventory of rain barrels used for small-scale rain harvesting.
IMRivers’ interactive mapping solution makes Rain Barrel information readily available to public policy makers, educators, and the public. Anybody can register their own rain barrels on the website, on mobile web, and on MapplerK app. After uploading a photo and completing a short survey, users can view other rain barrel clusters in the community and around the country, and see results from the survey in real time. Interested in rain harvesting but don’t own a rain barrel? Don’t worry! We have all the details on getting started on our site.
The Rain Barrel map is also overlaid with rich GIS layers, such as weather radar data or land use/land cover data as shown below.