Alderman Matt O’Shea, the Beverly Area Planning Association (BAPA) and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) are hosting a free rain barrel distribution event on Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9am- 12pm at the BAPA parking lot at 11107 S. Longwood Dr. Residents can receive up to 2 rain barrels at no cost. With spring approaching, rain barrels help conserve water, reduce the likelihood of residential flooding, and provide higher quality water for lawns and gardens. The 55 gallon rain barrels are frost proof, and made from recycled materials. To receive your free rain barrel, please enter the BAPA parking lot behind the building on Longwood Drive and drive through to receive your rain barrel. Additionally, OpenLands will be on hand to discuss upcoming tree plantings and urban gardening. Thanks to MWRD President Mariyana Spyropoulos & Vice-President Barbara McGowan and the entire board of commissioners for their support of this effort.