NYC Department of Environmental Protection Launches 30th Annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest
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Dear Educator:

We are very excited to announce the launch of the 30th annual Water Resources Art & Poetry Contest. Second through twelfth grade students attending public, independent, charter or parochial schools and/or home-schooled in New York City and in the East and West-of-Hudson Watersheds are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflect an appreciation for our shared water resources.  Entries will be accepted online from now until Friday, March 4, 2016.  A celebration will take place in May to honor student participants.

For this year’s contest, teachers, parents and students can visit to view the contest guidelines and resource materials, submit entries online, see past winners, and learn more about New York City water.  The 2016 contest will focus on five central themes that incorporate STEM disciplines:
·         Water, A Precious Resource: To highlight the importance of the quality of our tap and harbor water.

·         The New York City Water Supply System: To understand the history of the NYC drinking water system and watershed protection.

·         The New York City Wastewater Treatment System: To examine how the City cleans nearly 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater every day.

·         Harbor Water Quality and Healthy Marine Ecosystems: To explore NYC’s surrounding waterways and how we can continue to protect and improve harbor water quality.

·         Water Stewardship and Climate Change: What Can I Do to Help? To bring attention to the value of water and how we can help to protect our environment.

Entries will be judged based on creativity in interpreting one or more of the contest themes, accuracy of information, originality and skill.  An impartial panel of judges will review the entries and select art and poetry winners from each category (grades 2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, and 10-12).

Robin Sanchez | Deputy Director of Education | NYC Environmental Protection |
(o) 718-595-5459 |

Elizabeth Frangella, Ed.D
Associate Superintendent for Curriculum