While nitrogen-rich water can be a boon to plants, it has led to declining water quality and pond health and the disappearance of eelgrass beds. One way to combat the problem, the Lagoon Pond Association says, is to save and reuse nutrient-rich rainwater, thereby preventing it from draining into our ponds.

The association is offering 50-gallon rain barrels at a reduced price of $75, compared with a normal retail price of $169. The barrels will be delivered to SBS on Earth Day, April 20, where members of the association will lead a demonstration on how to install and properly use the equipment. The deadline to order a rain barrel is midnight, April 8. For more information or to place an order, go to rainbarrelprogram.org/lagoonpond.