Department of Environmental Protection announces 30th annual poetry contest

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced on Friday, January 8 the launch of the 30th annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest – a competition that, last year alone, saw submissions from more than 1,300 students.

Students grades two through 12 can submit poems and artwork – including paintings, collages, three-dimensional models, and more – based on five central themes: water, the drinking water system, wastewater treatment, harbor water quality, stewardship and climate change.

“For 30 years, the annual Art and Poetry contest has provided a venue for young New Yorkers to learn about the importance of protecting our environment while simultaneously developing their own means of artistic expression,” said DEP Commissioner Emily Lloyd.  “Nearly half the State of New York relies on the city’s water supply system so this is a terrific opportunity for students in both New York City and watershed school systems to celebrate our shared natural resources.”

The contest is open to students who attend public, independent, charter or parochial schools and to those who are home-school in the New York City area.

Entries will be accepted online through March 4, after which all participants will be honored at a celebration in May.

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