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May 7, 2004

Contact: Natalie Millner (718) 595-6600

Department of Environmental Protection Honors Winners of Water Conservation Art and Poetry Contest

New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Christopher O. Ward will host the ceremonies today as the DEP honors the winners of its 18th Annual Water Conservation Art & Poetry Contest. The ceremony recognizes 5th and 6th grade students whose artwork and poems exhibit a superior understanding and appreciation of our water resources.

The ceremony will be from 1:30 to 3:00 P.M. at The Great Hall at Cooper Union on East 7th Street in Manhattan. About 700 students, parent, teachers, administrators and invited guests will attend, and winning entries will be displayed.

Every year, the DEP asks 5th and 6th grade students from more than 1,000 public, private and parochial schools throughout the City to submit original works of art and poetry that address themes related to the City’s drinking water system, water conservation, water quality and wastewater treatment. Entries are judged on their originality, craftsmanship and creativity. Winners from each borough in both the art and the poetry categories receive prizes.

This year’s winners are from:

The Bronx

Art: Ethical Culture School

Poetry: PS 75


Art: PS 209

Poetry: St. Agatha School


Art: PS 187

Poetry: Professional Performing Arts School


Art: St. Aloysius School

Poetry: MS 158

Staten Island

Art: PS 16

Poetry: St. Patrick School

A similar event took place at Pace University in Pleasantville on May 6 to honor the 6th and 7th grade winners of the Kensico Watershed Art and Poetry Contest.


More Information

NYC Department of Environmental Protection
Public Affairs

59-17 Junction Boulevard
19th Floor
Flushing, NY 11373

(718) 595-6600